So much more is happening at Winter in the Woods in Bragg Creek tomorrow (Jan. 28) that they've had to add two hours to this year's schedule.
The family fun day opens at 10 a.m., two hours earlier than last year, by the outdoor rink and community centre in the heart of Bragg Centre, and continues until 8 p.m.
"Everything is ready to go," says Chair Brian Robertson, who along with a dedicated crew of volunteers has been working hard to make sure it's a special day.
There are activities on and around the outdoor rink all day long.
If they haven't done so already, teams can sign up for human curling and the debut of the first-ever Freeze-Bee tomorrow as well as the adult and youth skills competitions.
Freeze-Bee is making its world debut at the festival. Relay teams of three will be playing disc golf on skates on the outdoor rink. Human Curling drew a large crowd of spectators and oodles of teams last year in an event that notches up a Bragg Creek tradition.
The rink naming rights and $1,000 in cash are on the line in the Chuck-A-Puck that wraps up the day. A total of 340 pucks have been available at 10 different Bragg Creek businesses in the weeks leading up to the day. Should any remain available for purchase, you'll be able to get yours at the festival entrance.
"There are pretty good odds of winning the thousand dollars," says Robertson. "Last year, we had an awesome turnout."
The U13 Bears vs Millarville at 10 a.m. to kick off the day. At 6:30 p.m., there's a rivalry game between the Powderhorn Pistols and the Redwood Bucks adult teams.
"Last year, it got a little intense, I won't lie, and it was a very close, competitive game to get us ready for Chuck-A-Puck."
New to the kids zone are free pony rides from 1 to 3 p.m.
It's free to participate in all events and admission is by donation. There are items for purchase in the marketplace and from food and beverage vendors.
To help plan your day, an overview of the day is below.