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January 30, 2014

Winterfest honors, raises money for vets

MORRISONVILLE — The first Winterfest here seven years ago brought in $350; last year, it raised $8,000 to help veterans in need.

The inaugural event put on by American Legion Post 1619 saw maybe a few hundred people turn out for winter fun at the post home on Rand Hill Road.

“Last year, there were maybe 2,500 there just for the fireworks,” Commander Mike Rock said.

The 2014 event starts Friday and goes through Sunday.


Organizers are delighted with the growth of Winterfest, which benefits the Veterans Assistance Fund, distributed by Clinton County Veterans Service Agency.

“It’s all about the veterans,” said Mike’s wife, Irene.

There’s no doubt about that as Stephen Deso carves this year’s enormous ice sculpture on the post grounds. The design marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain around Crab Island on Sept. 11, 1814.

Last year, it put the spotlight on Korean War veterans; the first one created for Winterfest recalled the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

“We did Vietnam one year,” said Mrs. Rock, who is secretary/treasurer for Winterfest and 1619 Auxiliary president.


Winterfest is back this year with many its signature offerings, including open skating, nightly bonfire and sliding with rope tow (provided by Henry’s Pools & Spas) to take sliders back up the hill.

The Dollar Menu, with hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, water and other Winterfest fare, will also offer french fries by David and Kevin Lyons for the first time.

“They have their own french-fry secret recipe,” Mrs. Rock said. “We tried them, and they are very good.”

Two years ago, Sam’s Club in Plattsburgh began donating much of the food for the Dollar Menu, she added, “so every dollar we make goes to the veterans because of Sam’s.”

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