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WinterFest returning to Ticonderoga

Merchants join Feb. 11 event

WinterFest will return to Ticonderoga  Saturday, Feb. 11. It will be the third annual day of outdoor recreation.

WinterFest will return to Ticonderoga Saturday, Feb. 11. It will be the third annual day of outdoor recreation. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— WinterFest will return to Ticonderoga Saturday, Feb. 11. It will be the third annual day of outdoor recreation.

“The goal of WinterFest remains the same,” said John Bartlett, an event organizer, “to get people out and involved, to help beat the winter blues. Whether it is to help combat childhood obesity or just a break from cabin fever, WinterFest is designed to provide the community and area visitors with the opportunity to be more physically active. Ideally, we hope to get families and their children involved.”

WinterFest 2012 will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in and around Ticonderoga’s Bicentennial Park.

It will feature sledding, ice skating, broomball, snowshoeing, snowmobile rides and a fun run.

The main sponsors for the day of outdoor activities are the town of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Central Schools, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Kiwanis and the Adirondack Trailriders.

Adrienne Weld, a Ticonderoga High School physical education teacher , founded WinterFest in 2010. The inaugural WinterFest attracted about 60 participants and 40 volunteers despite bitterly cold winter.

“Participation almost doubled in 2011 and we hope to see even more join in the fun this year,” Bartlett said. “People are encouraged to bring their own equipment, although there will be some equipment available for use by the public.”

There will also be refreshments available as well as raffles for donated prizes. People care register for prizes in the public parking lot next to the Elks building. The drawing for the prizes will be held at 1:30 p.m.

“WinterFest is free to all, but we do encourage you to bring a donation for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry,” Bartlett said. “We suggest either $2 or two non-perishable food items.”

A mile fun run has been added to the activities this year.

The LaChute Road Runners Club of Ticonderoga will sponsor the race, which is designed for participants of all ages.

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