by LAURA KEIL
McBride’s longstanding Loggers’ Bonspiel has been cancelled this year.
Chamber of Commerce representative Linda Fry says a number of factors led to the cancellation.
She says with Easter and spring break occurring just prior to the bonspiel it was difficult for curlers and volunteers to commit – only seven teams called. A group of students and their chaperones were in Mexico to build a house, which meant more community members, possible curlers and/or volunteers were otherwise engaged. Plus, she says the lead of the local band, Roadside Splinter, had health issues and the band had to cancel for the dance. The local DJ was not available.
“It just seemed like there was resistance at each step and it was not coming together as it had in past years,” Fry says.
The Loggers’ Bonspiel has been held annually for more than 30 years.