Joining forces for an unparalleled winter event!

2007-01-18, from Member

Sherbrooke, January 18, 2007 – Working together makes us stronger! Even if Mother Nature wasn’t on their side during the last few weeks, the partnership between the Challenge sur glace Continental and the Carnaval de Sherbrooke will guarantee the success of the event with an exceptional program and thrilling activities for an unparalleled winter celebration. In fact, those two organizations joined their forces for the first time to create an event that will make everyone in the Estrie region shiver with excitement!

“From February 22 to 25, hold on to you hats! The Plateau Sylvie Daigle and Victoria Park will be bustling with activities for everyone. Besides offering a motorsport show on ice, unique in North America, we are pleased to diversify our program to include activities for the whole family. This year, the cultural component is amazing,” says Dany Sévigny, president of the Challenge sur glace Continental. “Our partnership is positive for both events,” adds Michel Fortin, president of the Carnaval de Sherbrooke.

Here is a brief overview of the program and activities that will be presented during the Challenge sur glace Continental and the Carnaval de Sherbrooke:

Sport component

The Challenge sur glace Continental and ice races As a first this year: money prizes totalling over $130,000, a new open category for two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles, the Echo Cup, quad races and the spectacular motorcycle races! These new changes will probably explain the record number of Quebec drivers registered. About a hundred drivers form the United States and Canada are expected. Among them, Andrew Ranger, Marc-Antoine Camirand, Didier Schraenen, Bertrand Godin and even Benoît Gagnon (television host at TVA) will compete in the Echo Cup. As for the four-wheel drive open category, keep an eye on Sylvain Erickson, a reckless driver. Also noteworthy, Annie Duchesne from Sherbrooke, one of the best quad driver in Canada. To assist the ice races, the supporters can buy a ticket giving them access to grandstands. Tickets are only $20 per daypart (Saturday during the day, Saturday evening or Sunday during the day). We invite you to reserve your seat by directly calling the Challenge sur glace Continental at 1.819.821.7274.

Sherbrooke hockey challenge February 22 and 23, almost a hundred hockey teams will face off on a unique ice rink: the track of the Challenge sur glace Continental. Picture the scene: up to 25 matches played at the same time on different sections of the track. A match will last 15 minutes and there will be four players in each team. An unforgettable experience as we get back to basics with outside hockey games! Any takers? You still have the time to register by calling the Carnaval office at 819.565.0515, ext. 26.

Cultural component and bracelets of the Challenge sur glace Continental/
Carnaval de Sherbrooke

To participate in theme evenings, people are invited to buy the official bracelet of the Challenge sur glace Continental/Carnaval de Sherbrooke at a selling price of $5. They are available at the office of the Challenge sur glace Continental, at the office of Carnaval or from one of their duchesses, at the Palais des sports, at any Sherbrooke Canadian Tire store or at any Provigo store in the Estrie region. Bracelets not only give access to the theme evenings, but they also create a sense of belonging to the event. The Palais des sports will host the following cultural activities:
• February 22, at 9 p.m. – Budweiser Show featuring the Porn Flakes and their mystery guests
• February 23, at 8:30 p.m. – Latino dancing and entertainment in collaboration with Danza Salsa Rico
• February 24, at 8:30 p.m. – Country dancing and entertainment in collaboration with Club de danse Country Estrie

Without the bracelet, it will cost $10/person per evening.

Family component and carnival activities

During the festivities, a whirl of activities will enliven the site: tyrolean traverse, climbing, tube slides, sleigh rides, inflatable games et snow carving. The Loto Québec fireworks that will take place on February 23, during the evening. Do not miss this colourful show celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Carnaval de Sherbrooke!

What would be a carnival without the duchesses and the crowning of the queen? For the 2007 edition, the six boroughs of Sherbrooke are represented by a duchess:
• Joëlle Blanchet, borough of Fleurimont
• Catherine Côté, borough of Lennoxville
• Ajsa Duheric, borough of Mont-Bellevue
• Léonie Gansby, borough of Jacques-Cartier
• Émilie Perrault, borough of Rock Forest–Saint-Élie–Deauville
• Claudine Robert, borough of Brompton

Are you worried about the weather conditions?

For those who aren’t sure if the event will take place due to the bad weather conditions, don’t worry! The Challenge sur glace Continental and the Carnaval de Sherbrooke are equipped with two snow guns. Needless to say that this week 23 centimetres of snow made the organizers very happy!

The Challenge sur glace Continental and the Carnaval de Sherbrooke are pleased to have among their loyal partners the Continental Tire company, the Casino de Montréal, Bell, Budweiser, Tourisme Québec, the City of Sherbrooke, the SDÉS, Via Route, Loto-Québec, TVA-Télé 7 as well as many goods and services sponsors.


Source:
Marie-Josée Beaulieu
Communications Department
Tel.: 1.819.560.4270
communications@challengecanada.com
 
 

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