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Ticonderoga to host WinterFest

Activities slated Feb. 9

Ann Morette and Penny Stevens enjoy activities at the 2012 WinterFest. The 2013 WinterFest will be held Feb. 9 in Ticonderoga.

Ann Morette and Penny Stevens enjoy activities at the 2012 WinterFest. The 2013 WinterFest will be held Feb. 9 in Ticonderoga. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— WinterFest, Ticonderoga’s celebration of winter fun, will return.

The fourth annual WinterFest is slated for Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bicentennial Park and surrounding venues.

Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, WinterFest will include snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, a fun run/walk, broomball, snowmobile rides, wagon rides and a Cook’s Mountain hike.

Penelope the Clown will be in the lobby of the Ticonderoga Community Building to entertain children.

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

Registration for WinterFest events will take place in the public parking lot next to the Elks building. At registration people can also sign up to win free raffles, including gift certificates from area businesses. The drawing of all raffles will be at 1:30 p.m.

The Snowman Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners, will be held at 10:45 a.m. It is a one-mile run/walk. Registration will be from 10-10:30 a.m. in front of the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum. Parental consent and signature on the registration form is required for participants younger than age of 18. People of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Broomball will be played noon to 1 p.m. at the town ice skating rink.

Wagon rides, provided by the Ticonderoga Youth Commission, will be available noon to 2 p.m. starting from the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum.

A snowshoe hike on the lower loop of Cook’s Mountain will be held at 12:30 p.m. Hikers are asked to sign in at the WinterFest registration table next to the Elks before meeting for the trek at the trail head on Baldwin Road.

“The snowshoe hike is an easy to moderate hike,” said Bill Morse, a WinterFest committee member. “We are excited to add the snowshoe hike of Cook’s Mountain to this year’s event. We encourage community members and visitors to take advantage of this guided hiking opportunity.”

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