LUDLOW - Sponsors continue to line up behind "Lovin' Ludlow Winter Carnival," the Okemo Valley's big event scheduled for Feb. 10-13. As of last week, the following businesses had become "red" sponsors: Rio Tinto Minerals, Echo Lake Inn, Vermont Properties & Development, Stryhaus Builders Inc., CZ Construction Management and Timber Inn Motel.
According to event chair Liz Crowley, Okemo Mountain Resort is the major fireworks sponsor, yielding a pyrotechnics budget approaching that of the July 4 celebration. "We will have a fantastic fireworks display," she said.
"Pink" sponsors are: Brewfest Beverage, Totem Pole Ski & Board and Cook's Cupboard. Other businesses committing to in kind event sponsorship are: Killarney's, Jackson Gore Ice House, Gill Oddfellows Home, Tuckernuck Shoals, Cool Moose Cafe, Tri Valley Poker Run, Fletcher Memorial Library, The Book Nook and Okemo Valley Nordic Center.
New events have been added to the activity list. On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 13, the Book Nook in Ludlow will host "Valentine Crafty Creations," an event for kids and teens with a special toddler story hour.
Also joining Winter Carnival, the Tri Valley Snowmobile Poker Run will start on Sat., Feb. 12 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont. The Poker Run consists of a 70-mile ride and includes four area sled clubs: Ludlow's Side Hill Cronchers, Cavendish Green Mountain Snow Fleas, Plymouth Snow Sneakers and N. Clarendon's Green Mountain Snow Flyers.
Other previously-announced events include the town-wide ice sculpture competition, a traffi c-building village scavenger hunt and early-bird dinner specials. The carnival climax on Saturday night is the parade down Main Street followed by a bonfire and fireworks at Dorsey Park.
Be sure to check the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce website for the latest event details: www.yourplaceinvermont.com. Contact Crowley at 802-228-2126 for details to host/sponsor an event, or for carnival sponsorship opportunities. The sponsorship deadline has been extended.