The third annual Ticonderoga WinterFest will go on Saturday despite the most mild winter season in memory. It’s unlikely there will be enough snow for sledding.
No snow? No problem.
The third annual Ticonderoga WinterFest will go on Saturday despite the most mild winter season in memory.
“Like many other winter carnivals in the North Country, this year’s unusual weather has thrown us a curve,” said Matthew Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We are still hoping to have sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobile rides, but clearly this depends on the weather. Think snow!”
The main sponsors for the day of outdoor activities are the town of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Central Schools, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Kiwanis and the Adirondack Trailriders.
WinterFest activities will kick-off at 10:45 a.m. with a one-mile Snowman Fun Run, which will be a loop around downtown Ticonderoga finishing down Montcalm Street at the entrance to Bicentennial Park. Medals will be awarded to all runners ages 13 and younger who successfully complete the race. The fun run is sponsored by LaChute Road Runners Club.
Registration for the race will be in front of the Heritage Museum 10 to 10:30 a.m. The registration form is available on the LaChute Road Runners web site, www.lachute.us Parental consent and signature on the registration form is required for runners younger than the age of 18.
WinterFest will continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. People are asked to sign in at the registration desk in the public parking lot next to the Elks Building and sign up for prizes donated by supporters.
There will be a drawing to determine the winners at 1:30.
“Many thanks to the supporters for this year’s event,” Courtright said. “This year’s supporters include Tractor Supply, Best Western Plus, Ticonderoga Teachers Association, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Wal Mart, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, and Country Florist.”
Regardless of the weather, plans call for broomball and ice skating at the Ticonderoga rink noon to 1 p.m.
“Please plan to come and enjoy the ice as well as the newly-remodeled warming building at the rink,” Courtright said. “Many thanks to Charlie Eisenberg Jr. for the wonderful new improvements.”
There will be hot chocolate at the ice rink. Refreshments will also be available inside the Elks Club on the second floor.
There will be wagon rides noon to 2 p.m. organized by the Ticonderoga Youth Commission. The rides will start in front of the Heritage Museum.
“When you come to WinterFest, please plan to support our local businesses; many will be offering discounts,” Courtright said.
Participating businesses include Achieve Fitness, Aubuchon Hardware, Adams Rib, Best Western Plus, Burgoyne Grill, Burleigh House Restaurant, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Indulge at Roxie’s, Sugar & Spice, Two Brothers and Wagon Wheel Restaurant.
“To receive theses discounts mention WinterFest or show the WinterFest promotions flyer,” Courtright said.