Nova Scotia

Kraft Hockeyville contest heats up as Tatamagouche makes bid for finalist slot

A Colchester County village is trying to rally Nova Scotians across the country to vote for Tatamagouche in this year's Kraft Hockeyville contest.

Voting continues until midnight March 14

The North Shore Recreation Centre in Tatamagouche needs a 'major' floor replacement. (http://khv2016.ca/)

A Colchester County village is trying to rally Nova Scotians at home and across the country to vote for Tatamagouche in this year's Kraft Hockeyville contest. 

The North Shore Recreation Centre is one of ten finalists across Canada vying for $100,000 to fix the local hockey arena.

Online voting opened Sunday morning, and continues until midnight on Monday. 

"We've been voting all day, and I've been getting a lot of calls," said Marilyn Roberts, who nominated the rink to enter the contest. "The firemen are even up in the firehall voting. Everybody's voting." 

Rink needs repairs

The Tatamagouche rink is the only Nova Scotia rink in the finalist list, and one of only two Atlantic Canadian rinks in the running. Roberts said the rink has been receiving support from Nova Scotians who live as far away as British Columbia and Alberta.

The 44-year-old rink has a cement surface which is cracking and needs to be replaced. It serves communities all around the province's north shore, such as Wallace, Truro, Debert, and River John. 

Roberts says the rink repairs will cost an estimated $300,000 to $500,000. The estimate range is wide because the condition of the pipes under the cracked cement isn't known. 

"They don't know what they're going to find underneath," said Roberts. "So they don't have an exact amount until they start the work." 

Roberts says people who use the Tatamagouche rink are all pitching in, and their excitement is growing. Last week, the Truro Superstore brought 2300 boxes of Kraft dinner to the rink and donated them to the local food bank. 

Unlimited voting

Since each person can vote an unlimited number of times, Roberts says people are voting in shifts. The Tatamagouche and Area Minor Hockey Association hosted a movie night Sunday at the rink, and while the children watched the Mighty Ducks movies, their parents voted again and again. 

"I know they have voting stations all up around Tatamagouche and Ski Wentworth and Wallace, and people can go in all the time to vote," Roberts said. "I've been told people are going to try to have their friends gather and they'll vote all night."

Tatamagouche will find out March 19 whether it gets one of the top two slots. Voting for the grand prize winner out of the top two takes place March 20 and 21.

The winner will be announced on April 2.

The second place winner gets $100,000 as well, with the final eight communities getting $25,000 each.

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