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Paynesville Press - January 30, 2002

Winter carnival to be held next week

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Community Club - formerly the Paynesville Area Jaycees - will stage an inaugural winter carnival next week.

The event kicks off with a medallion hunt, starting on Sunday, Feb. 4, and featuring a $250 prize. The medallion will be hidden on public property in or near Paynesville and can be found without trespassing, damaging, or defacing property, according to the contest rules.

Clues about the medallion's location will be given daily starting on Tuesday. The medallion must be found by and turned in by 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. It can be turned in by calling 320-260-7134 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Clues will be posted daily at these sponsoring businesses: A & C Farm Service, Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Champion Milking Systems, the city of Paynesville, Community First National Bank, Corner Drug, Corner Floral, Curves For Women, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Gas Plus More, H & L Express, Hilltop Stop, Jimmy's Pizza, Joel's Family Foods, Kopy Shots, Paynesville Area Health Care System, Paynesville Cenex, Paynesville Press, Paynesville SuperValu, and Voss Plumbing and Heating. Clues will also be available online at

The winter carnival will be held on Lake Koronis near Veteran's Memorial Park (more commonly referred to as Van's Beach) on Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9.

Buttons, costing $5, are needed for admission to the winter carnival and to claim the medallion prize. Buttons are available at the sponsoring businesses. Children under five don't need a button for admission.

A $100 drawing will be held on Saturday afternoon. The winning button number will be posted at the sponsoring businesses after the event as well.

The carnival will start on Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. with ice skating by candlelight, a bonfire, and a human curling practice session. A skating track will be made on the ice and will be lit by candlelight. While curling involves sliding stones across the ice towards a bulls-eye, human curling involves human contestants jumping on an inner tube and trying to stop closest to the bulls-eye.

On Saturday, events start at 11 a.m. with an ice fishing contest, more ice skating, and a snow sculpture contest (conditions permitting).

A separate $10 charge per hole applies to the ice fishing contest, which is limited to 149 participants. Pre-registration for the ice fishing contest can be done at Hilltop Stop before Friday, Feb. 2. Same-day registration for the ice fishing, space permitting, will cost $15.

Human curling and mini golf will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Four-person teams can register for the human curling for $20. Prizes will be awarded for the contest winners and for best costumes and most team spirit.

Buttons are not required for participants for the ice fishing contest or human curling.

The Paynesville Community Club will operate a concession stand throughout the event. On Friday night, items to cook on the bonfire - hotdogs and marshmallows - will be available.

Parking will be available at Veteran's Memorial Park.

The event will conclude with a deejay and karaoke at the Backstop Sports Bar from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday night.

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