Ann Morette and Penny Stevens enjoy activities at the 2012 WinterFest. The 2013 WinterFest will be held Feb. 9 in Ticonderoga.
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.”
Bob Dedrick, a Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership board member and WinterFest committeeman, said WinterFest is the result of many local groups.
“We would like to thank the many supporters of this year’s event including the Ticonderoga Central School, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, town of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Teachers Association, Kiwanis, Elks, Ticonderoga Youth Commission, Adirondack Trail Riders, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, LaChute Road Runners, Ticonderoga Police Benevolent Association, The Country Florist & Gifts, Wal-Mart and Silver Bay YMCA,” he said.
While there will be some complimentary refreshments available at WinterFest, the organizers are urging participants and the community to support Ticonderoga businesses that day.
“Supporting the local businesses that support all of the events within the community is very important to all of us,” said John Bartlett, Ti Montcalm Street Partnership chairman. “We are only having light refreshments because we want those enjoying WinterFest to visit the businesses that have signed up to offer promotions that day. Promotions have been organized by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.”
To receive the promotions people must mention WinterFest or show the WinterFest promotions flyer available at the chamber office, participating businesses, on the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, or online at www.ticonderogany.com.
“I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who serve on the WinterFest committee and those volunteering the day of the event,” Bartlett said. “Without their dedication this and all events the TMSP organizes would not be possible.”
WinterFest 2013 will take place regardless of weather. Activities are being planned if there is a lack of snow that day. Restrooms and warming areas will be available for use at the Ticonderoga Community Building and the Elks building. Refreshments will be available at the Elks building and the skating rink.
In addition to WinterFest, the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership organizes StreetFest, the annual street art project and auction, HalloweenFest and works on a variety of projects to improve and support downtown Ticonderoga.
For more information in WinterFest contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585- 6619, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ticonderogany.com.