Kim Holmes loses the handle on her cargo during the pancake races.

Families that braved blustery winds for the annual Inkerman Winter Classic on Sun., March 4 were treated to an event full of creative games, sweet treats, and the unveiling of a piece of local history. While snow and ice were in short supply, ingenuity in the face of imperfect conditions was on full display. Classic events like three-on-three hockey became a road hockey and the traditional sleigh ride became a wagon ride. Beyond that, there were numerous events like the pancake races and woodsmen competition that kept kids and parents alike laughing and testing never before used skills. Add in homemade ‘otter’ tails and hot chocolate and it was a family event not to be missed. The Inkerman carnival committee also unveiled the first part of their mural in the dressing room of the outdoor rink in honour of the powerhouse Inkerman Rockets from the late 1940s and 50s. “The goal is to keep adding to the mural each year as part of the revitalization of the rink,” said carnival committee member Darby Ace. “It’s also a great memory of the Inkerman Rockets team that was so important to this community.”

Laila Copeland (left) and Abby Houle served up almost as much hot chocolate as they drank.

The fish pond was a popular stop for kids as it seemed every time they cast their lines, they came up a winner.

Darby Ace (left), Jason Fowler, Kelly Fawcett-Mathers and Martine Guy of the Inkerman Winter Classic committee unveiled the first part of their mural inside the dressing room of the Inkerman outdoor rink. The carnival aims to add a piece to the mural each year.

A furry friend waited patiently for the driver to finish his phone call before hitching a ride during the Inkerman Winter Classic. Both paws on the reins! No distracted driving!

Tyler Copeland loses the handle during the men’s pancake race.

Cole Wasylko thought about it long and hard before he entered his guess for the jelly bean jar. Press Photos – Schoch