Winter Festival fireworks and fish fry plans finalized

City council will soon consider a bylaw change that would ban the public from lighting low hazard fireworks. File photo.

The Prince Albert Winter Festival has finalized plans for its drive-in fireworks show and drive-thru fish fry.

The fireworks will take place at Prime Minister’s Park/Art Hauser Centre at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Fireworks will be launched from the southernmost fastball diamond, Kinsmen Field, and can be viewed from the Art Hauser Centre parking lot beside the skateboard park as well as the lot on the south side of the arena, and along Terry Simpson Lane. Attendees must park 2 metres apart and remain in their cars at all times.

The fish fry will take place over two days — Saturday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A menu and directions will be posted on the Winter Festival Facebook Page.

The events are the only in-person activities being held this year, aside from snow sculptures located at the P.A. Tourist Information Centre, Victoria Hospital entrance and Art Hauser Centre. Carving for those are set to start this weekend.

Last week the festival announced that all events planned for the Alfred Jenkins Field House outdoor site at the 2021 Winter Festival have been cancelled, including King and Queen Trapper events and sled dog races.

In a press release, the organizers cited the safety of participants and spectators in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We held off on this decision as long as we could, in the hopes that we could still hold some events,” Outdoor Events Co-Ordinator Tammy McGunigal was quoted as saying.

“However, for the ongoing safety of the participants and spectators, the events simply cannot be done this year. We look forward to resuming all of these events next year and making the outdoor site bigger and better.”

The festival is going ahead with online streamed shows including the Rock Show, Youth Extravaganza, Voices of the North, Fiddle Show, Country North and Gospel Show.

The youth poster contest is also moving ahead. The entry page can be found in the Thursday edition of the Daily Herald.

Festival buttons are for sale at Canadian Tire and all Co-Op locations in the city.

A limited number of Winter Festival masks are also for sale and the festival is selling 50-50 and raffle tickets to help fund events.

For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page or website

The first live-streamed event, the Rock Show Experience, is set for February 6 at 7 p.m.