By Dan Walton

Pioneer Staff

Radium Hot Springs has brought Canadians favourite pastimes together for this years Winterfest celebration.

Hockey players, curlers, and mountain (wo)men will be in hot demand at Legends Field this Valentines Day on Saturday, February 14th.

For the first year, Winterfest will be including curling (indoors at the community hall with indoor rocks).

Radiums outdoor rink behind Brents Shack will play host to ball hockey match-ups, while burly men and fit women will be challenged in the rugged Mountain Man and Woman Competitions.

Theyll be sawing logs provided by Canfor, said Melanie Kamphuis, events co-ordinator for the Village of Radium Hot Springs. After they saw a disc off the log, then they haul it over to a place where they have to start a fire, and then brew a cup of tea.

The fastest man and woman will each win a six-pack of beer.

For the younger attendees, there will be tractor rides and sock-snowman crafts. Curling is also open to all ages, with the tournament dubbed as a funspiel.

Winterfest will also be given a beat with live music from L8, and Brents Shack will be taken over as a concession stand by Radiums Sunrise Rotary Club.

They always have lots of good food, hot drinks, and good smells coming out of there, Ms. Kamphuis said.

Only modest costs are associated to participate the Mountain Man/Woman Contest costs $2 per person, and to register curling teams will be charged $4, a loonie per person.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and will be on site, either inside the hall or outside if the weather allows.

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And since the Radiums mayor and council earned their positions by acclamation before last falls municipal elections, members of council will all be attending the event to offer the community an informal meet-and-greet.