Winter Carnival to feature colorful airborne spectacle, family fun

"We don't want to see a snowmobile flipped over," he said.

During the kite flying session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., banners and pylons will be set out to mark the perimeter of the kiting area, Carnival officials said.

Johannesen said the kite flying would provide a colorful spectacle for the crowd, perhaps even later than 2 p.m. if conditions are good.

"It will be impressive with the ice and sky as a background - the striking colors will just pop," he said. "This will be a great alternative to motor sports - it's family friendly, and we're excited to share to the love of kiting with everyone that shows up."

Games, sled-dog rides offered

Other activities will also provide family fun, Carnival official Ed Kokalas said.

Children's games including "turkey bowling" and a hockey shootout will be offered Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 p.m.. While the latter includes launching a puck between two hay bales, the former involves pitching a full-size frozen turkey over the ice at six pins.

Competitors will get two chances to knock the pins down, and if so, they'll double their $1 playing fee. Younger children will be skidding a smaller roasting chickens over the ice. Ladder ball will also be offered, with double payback with two successful throws - Don't tell the government gaming authorities!

A children's petting zoo is slated for Saturday only, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.. Indoor children's activities are offered at King Neptune's Lounge, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

Kokalas said Monday he is hoping for snow, although he'll have to run a snowblower to clear the ice for the aforementioned games.

With snow, dog sled rides will be offered, and the ever-popular flag football will have the appropriate field cover.

The football games are likely to feature 100 or so folks seeking some frigid fun and a way to work off some Genesee calories.

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