Middlebury Winter Carnival, Chil Fest, Feb. 27

The festivities also include live music on the upper part of Main Street, which will be closed for dancing and a fire-throwing exhibition by the Flying Fists, a Middlebury College street performance group.

Snowshoe races for all ages will take place on the Middlebury town green at 2 p.m. Snowshoes are generously provided by the Alpine Shop.

Sled dog demonstrations will take place on the town green at 2 p.m. Meet and pet the dogs, learn about the sled and help rig the harnesses.

The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting an open house from 2-4 p.m. at the Fire Station on Seymour Street. Tour the station, explore the trucks and receive fun surprises.

The Middlebury Winter Carnival & Chili Contest also takes place the same weekend as the Middlebury College Winter Carnival. The Better Middlebury Partnership planned their event to highlight the events and traditions of the College carnival, with the hopes of bringing visitors to Middlebury to take advantage of some of the first-rate sporting events available to the public. NCAA men's and women's alpine giant slalom races take place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. NCAA Men's and Women's Nordic races take place at Middlebury College's Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will also be an A Cappella Summit taking place at The Mahaney Center for the Arts throughout the day, culminating with a performance in the evening. Tickets $10.

Also taking place Saturday evening is a Mardi Gras celebration at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater! Enjoy a great evening of music, dancing, light food with a Cajun flair, the crowning of the King and Queen and prizes for best costume! Tickets $25.

The Second Annual Middlebury Winter Carnival and Chili Contest is sponsored by several local businesses. The event is brought to you by the Better Middlebury Partnership and the Town of Middlebury.

Chili contest registration forms and event details can be found on the Better Middlebury Partnership website at www.bettermiddleburypartnership.org.

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