WinterFest coming to Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA - Those looking to embrace winter will have their chance during WinterFest.

Billed as an opportunity to "play in the snow," the event will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winterfest is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership and Ticonderoga Central School District.

"I was looking for an event to get people outside and physically active," explained Adrienne Weld, a physical education teacher at Ti High. "I thought a winter event would be great."

So, Weld approached school officials and the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership with her idea.

"We hope to make this an annual event," Weld said. "The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership has been great to work with and we hope a lot of children and their families attend."

WinterFest will feature snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, snowman building and other activities.

People are encouraged to bring their own equipment, although some equipment will be available for use.

"We're going to do the things I did growing up, the things our parents did," Weld said. "It seems like no one wants to go outside in the winter anymore. We want to get families and their children involved."

There will be hot chocolate and coffee served by Ticonderoga Girl Scouts.

The events will also feature drawings and raffles fro prizes donated by area businesses. Prizes include lift tickets to Gore Mountain, gas cards and more.

People can get extra chances to win by bringing used coats, hats and mittens for donation to the local thrift shop.

"WinterFest will target all age groups within the community to promote healthier lifestyles in the cold winter months," Weld said. "WinterFest will give the community the opportunity to be more physically active and learn new ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle through the winter season."

School groups such as the Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, National Honor Society, Student Voice, Yearbook and Art Club, will participate.

"We want all the clubs at school involved," Weld said. "We really want the kids to attend and, hopefully, bring their parents and siblings.

"We've gotten great feedback," she added. "People are very interested in helping out and attending. I think it'll be a great day."

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