Outhouse Races draw huge crowd

The Interlakes Outhouse Races saw outhouses, snowsculptures and more

Donna Barnett sits in the Hup Hup Holland Windmill.

A beautiful day heralded the Interlakes Economic Association’s 4th annual Outhouse Races at Interlakes Business Centre.

In addition to all the competing outhouses, seven beautiful ice sculptures were dotted around. Debbie Manweiler’s “Cupcake” took first place, to win $250; followed by Bonnie Kerr’s wonderful “Humpty Dumpty,” and Jenelle Faessler’s happy “Minion.”

Frosty the Snowman (aka Taylor Schultz) patrolled the grounds making sure everyone was happy, while children had a ball on the huge slide and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Kids also enjoyed their own foot race, which awarded every child a prize donated by Interlakes Market (IM).

There were 100 sleigh rides, and 1,400 chillies, hot chocolates and coffees were given out, said Paul Litzenberger one of the organizers and the MC.

“It went spectacularly, we had a great turnout, had lots of really well-done ice sculptures and outhouses and it was a great day all around”

Interlakes Excavating was the event’s main sponsor and, this year, owner Craig Charlton and his crew provided extremely well-laid out and sufficient parking spaces, which was an added bonus for the 700-1,000 people who came through.

The event was especially thrilled to have MLA Donna Barnett enthroned on the “Hup Hup Holland” Windmill, dreamed up by Eric and Piri DeVries. Not surprisingly, the outstanding creation again won the People’s Choice award and earned $250.

The Best Dressed Person was deemed to be MC Paul Litzenberger of Redestined Custom Woodworks, creator of the delightful wee outhouse trophies.

However, Paul declined to accept and passed it over to Piri DeVries of the Windmill.

Competitive Class Race winners were as follows—first, second and third, who won $100, $50 and $25 respectively:

Women’s Competitive: Bombs Away; Teen Space’s Stink Pit; and Pump ‘n Dump (IM.)

Men’s Competitive: Party Poopers; Bombs Away; Highway 24/Interlakes Lions Club

Mixed Hidden Time: Pump ‘n Dump; Runny Situation (Deka VFD); Hup Hup Holland

Colouring contest

The Country Pedlar held a colouring contest with the following winners:


Genevieve Amy;

Ages nine to 12:

Alexis Neels;

Ages four to eight:

Adrianna Neels;

Ages three and

under: Luciana


Special Award:

10 year old

Floria Meili.

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