And the winners are … at winter carnival wrap-up Sunday night

Photos, story Mark Clairmont |

GRAVENHURST —  A packed house celebrated the “official” end of the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Sunday night.

While there’s still Family Day activities back at the YMCA — including a sledge hockey game, more pancakes, kids events, pickle ball and basketball — officials ended Day 5 of the six-day winter fest by handing out awards from a stage they set up in the Boston Pizza.

With more than 100 on hand in the sport lounge (and an equal number in the dining room next door who couldn’t squeeze in), committee chair Steve Muloch and his various chairs dispensed the impressive little pieces of hardware.

Winners of various ages in log-sawing, snow-sculpting and the bed races were recognized with each receiving a hearty round of applause for his or her efforts in Saturday’s events.

Mayor Paul Kelly also recognized the organizers for all the hard work they did to put on the welcome winterlude and brief, cheerful respite from the cold.

All were particularly happy, especially with two straight days of sunshine.

The awards were followed by a brilliant fireworks display of almost 10 minutes.

The Muskoka Wharf lit up Sunday night with fireworks after the carnival awards ceremony.
Jack Johnston shows the two age-division medals he won in log-sawing and nail-driving.
Organizers were recognized for their work putting on the carnival, by new Mayor Paul Kelly.
The Anglers – 1-2 in the bed races – were prominent around town with their green jerseys.