By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — TICONDEROGA — Organizers are hoping to break out of cabin fever with dozens of fun events at Ticonderoga Winterfest.
The fourth-annual Winterfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday in Bicentennial Park and the surrounding area.
Activities will include sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, a fun run, broomball, snowmobile and haywagon rides and a hike up Cook’s Mountain nearby. Events are free to the public.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership group is sponsoring the day, and board member Robert C. Dedrick said previous events have been well-attended.
“We sponsor Winterfest because it promotes healthy outdoor activities for youth and families. We’ve had good crowds. We encourage everyone to come to the park and sign up for what they’d like to do.”
Dedrick said many restaurants and businesses are offering discounts and promotions the day of Winterfest, and patrons should mention the event or show the WinterFest flyer.
“The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership’s mission is to make cash registers ring for our merchants.”
‘BIG DAY IN TI’
Registration for WinterFest events will take place in the public parking lot next to the Elks Lodge on Tower Avenue.
People can also sign up to win free items, including gift certificates from area businesses. The drawing for all raffles will be at 1:30 p.m.
Participants should bring their own equipment, such as snowshoes, although limited gear will be available for loan at registration.
The first event is the 1-mile Snowman Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners, at 10:45 a.m. Registration will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in front of the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum. Parental consent and signature is required for participants younger than age 18.
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 Heritage Museum.
A snowshoe hike on the lower loop of Cook’s Mountain sets off at 12:30 p.m. Hikers should sign in at the Winterfest registration table before meeting at the trail head on Baldwin Road.
Restrooms and warming areas will be available at the Ticonderoga Community Building and the Elks Lodge. Light refreshments will be available at the Elks and the skating rink. Penelope the Clown (Cathy Sprague) will be in the lobby of the Ticonderoga Community Building to entertain children.
“It’s a big day in Ticonderoga,” Dedrick said. “We hope people take advantage of the events scheduled.
“It should be fun for all.”
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