Car races, family fun featured at Carnival

Saturday, skydivers will be parachuting out of airborne craft, landing on the ice as they present their aerial show.

Both Saturday and Sunday, the Beckler family of Pottersville will be demonstrating a game of Frisbee golf, and welcoming people to test their expertise. The Becklers offer Frisbee golf at their attraction Stone Bridge & Caves near Pottersville.

This past weekend, a large crowd attended the weekend filled with activities, whether it was a flag football tournament or watching a group of kite-flying enthusiasts launch their creative, colorful aircraft.

Carnival Ed Kokalas said more than 100 people watched a team of ice divers plunge into the waters all day long, both Saturday and Sunday.

The ATV poker run had 160 entrants, and the accompanying ATV scavenger hunt was popular too, he said.

Eight local restaurants participated in Sunday's barbecue cook-off. The pulled pork of Prospect Mountain Diner won first place, JC Montana was runner up with their smoked pulled pork, followed by Garrison's Restaurant in third place with their savory pork riblets.

Saturday, ideal weather drew large crowds, Kokalas said, noting that Sunday attendance was lower due to the prevailing snowstorm, which didn't deter the polar swimmers.

"Saturday, we were slammed," he said.

Duffy said that a variety of factors conspired to make the carnival as successful as it's been in 2009.

"It's the first year in five or six years that Mother Nature has cooperated with us," she said. "We have good, thick ice, great weather, a lot of free events and new family-type activities - and we're getting great feedback from people."

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