Last weekend's "Lovin' Ludlow Winter Carnival," the Okemo Valley's big event, was a big hit from all accounts. Several area businesses stepped as sponsors. And with support from the "big guns", over 1,000 residents and visitors flocked to the carnival, enjoyed the various events, food, and to see the fabulous ice sculptures, parade and fireworks.
Rio Tinto Minerals, Echo Lake Inn, Vermont Properties & Development, Stryhaus Builders Inc., and CZ Construction Management and Timber Inn Motel were among the red sponsors; pink sponsors were Brewfest Beverage, Totem Pole Ski & Board and Cook's Cupboard. Other businesses committing to in kind event sponsorship were Killarney's, Jackson Gore Ice House, Gill Oddfellows Home, Tuckernuck Shoals, Cool Moose Cafe, Tri Valley Poker Run, Fletcher Memorial Library, the Book Nook and Okemo Valley Nordic Center.
New events were added to this year's carnival activity list.
On Sunday afternoon, the Book Nook in Ludlow hosted "Valentine Crafty Creations," an event for kids and teens with a special toddler story hour.
Also joining Winter Carnival, the Tri Valley Snowmobile Poker Run started on Saturday at the Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont.
The Poker Run consisted of a 70-mile ride and includedfour area sled clubs: Ludlow's Side Hill Cronchers, Cavendish Green Mountain Snow Fleas, Plymouth Snow Sneakers and N.Clarendon's Green Mountain Snow Flyers.
Other events included the townwide ice sculpture competition, a traffic-building village scavenger hunt and early-bird dinner specials. The carnival climaxed on Saturday night with the parade down Main Street followed by a bonfire and fireworks at Dorsey Park.