Winterfest returns to Ti

TICONDEROGA - WinterFest is growing.

The second annual day of outdoor activities will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park.

"I think it's going to be a great event," said Adrienne Weld, who is helping organize WinterFest. "We have a lot more people involved this year. To see everybody help out, to see their generosity, is impressive. It's amazing."

The inaugural winterFest attracted about 60 participants and 40 volunteers, Weld said.

The goal of WinterFest 2011 remains the same.

"We want to get people out and get them physically active," said Weld, a physical education teacher at Ti High. "We want to beat the winter blues."

Weld is confident the recent cold spell is history and the weather will be fine for WinterFest.

The day of outdoor activities will be sponsored by a host of community organizations, including the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, the Ticonderoga Kiwanis, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ticonderoga Central School District, the town of Ticonderoga, the Ti Knights of Columbus, American Legion, North Country Community College, Girl Scouts, Future Business Leaders of America, the Ti High Art Club, the local National Honor Society chapter, Students Against Drunk Driving, Ti High Student Voice, the school Yearbook Club and the school Key Club.

WinterFest will feature snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, snowman building, snow sculpting, broom ball, snowmobiling and other activities.

There will also be refreshments, door prizes and a raffle of two Gore Mountain lift passes.

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."

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