Dorset is getting geared up for the return of its annual winter carnival.

Coming up this weekend is the 29th annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival. The event started in 1991 by a volunteer committee, as a way to raise money for the rec centre in Dorset.

According to Algonquin Highlands Township, who shares Dorset with the District of Muskoka, the event has evolved over the years to include games, music, interactive activities and food. Algonquin Highlands says the event started as a local affair but over the years it has started getting attendance from all over the province.

Organizers of the affair say that it kicks off on Friday at 6:00pm with a family skate at the Dorset Ice Palace. Also going on Friday evening is the family dance party which is happening at the rec centre.

The following day, the carnival kicks off with an all you can eat pancake breakfast. The breakfast goes from 8:00am to 10:00am. According to Snowball organizers, people are invited to join in a parade going down Main Street.

Other activities through the carnival are ice painting and fishing, horsedrawn wagon rides, a hockey shootout and game, and something the organizers are calling “snow snake games”.

More details on the Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival can be found by clicking here.