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WinterFest returning to Ticonderoga

Feb. 11

There were plenty of refreshments, but Alexa Hartley preferred the taste of snow during the second annual WinterFest held in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park in 2011. The 2012 WinterFest will be held Feb. 11.

There were plenty of refreshments, but Alexa Hartley preferred the taste of snow during the second annual WinterFest held in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park in 2011. The 2012 WinterFest will be held Feb. 11. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Just because it’s cold and snowy it doesn’t mean people can’t have fun outside.

To help folks beat cabin fever, the third annual Ticonderoga WinterFest will be held Saturday, Feb. 11. It’s a 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 fun runs.

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.

Others who would like to become involved can contact Matt Courtright at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619.

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.”

Getting into the Winter Fest spirit, the chamber will organize local businesses to offer discounts and specials on that day.

“Please plan to take advantage of these offers and make it an all day event for you and your friends and family,” Bartlett said.

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