MINERVA-Whether inside or outside, the Minerva Winter Carnival was a great success.
Despite difficult warm weather, the annual Minerva Winter Carnival adjusted nicely and went off without a hitch, Feb. 18 - 20.
The carnival began the evening of Feb. 18 with a ziti dinner sponsored by the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad with music and entertainment provided by Mike Leddick.
To compensate for the poor ice conditions at the Minerva Lake Rink, skating was substituted with sledding at Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon.
Saturday dawned clear and cool as carnival events began with homemade doughnuts, hot chocolate and coffee at the Maple Knoll Sugar House, courtesy of Eric Klippel and Selina Lemay-Klippel. At Minerva Lake, Bill Brannnon's speed-skating oval took a hit due to the previous warm weather and couldn't be used. Planet Minerva's snow golf greens, however, got plenty of use all weekend, as golfers teed off for an entertaining nine holes.
Across town, the Minerva Snow Travelers hosted their 3rd Annual Snowmobile Hill Climb Drag Race behind Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon.
Other events included the Bill Barnes Snowshoe Challenge, a kids hockey shoot-out, snow sculpting, the 1st Annual Minerva Film Festival an much more.
The following is a listing of the winners for various contests that took place throughout the weekend:
Pete Irwin took the gold in the snowshoe race, Bonnie "Boom Boom" Powers won the silver and Kate Irwin took home the bronze.
In the Bill Barnes Snowshoe Challenge, LaDelle Dautremont was the overall winner, Alex Ruzbacki took the silver and Rose Weckesser won the bronze.
Team Halloran (Alice Halloran, Kate Wimberly) won the snowshoe scavenger hunt.
In the ice hockey shoot-out, Emma Haneman won the 7-9 age division. Ryan Haneman took silver and Henry Gelber was awarded bronze. In the 10-11 age division, Matt Bosch was the winner, Andrew Piper received silver and Blake Piper won bronze. Dan Bosch, Shasti Conlon and Alex Ruzbacki tied for first in the 12-16 age division, while Noah Haneman took the bronze.
The Minerva Service Organization awarded door prizes to lucky winners including Dan Dunbar, Alex Ruzbacki, Nick Kelly and Josh TenEyck.
The Minerva Sleeping Giants candy guessing contest awarded Jane Weckesser and Sara Dunbar first place honors, while Amanda Bellotti and Josh TenEyck placed second.
Henry, Emmett, Eric Gelber and LaDelle Dautraumont won the snow sculpture contest, sponsored by the Minerva PTSO. Second place went to Jess Hill, Bonnie Hill, MacKenzie DeCook, Larissa Smith, Mindy, Blake and Andrew Piper, and Kent, Brett, Marilyn and Ryan Jeffries. Third place was awarded to Alex Johnson, Abby Clickner, Amber Vanderwarker and Angel Vanderwarker. A teamwork certificate went to Conner, Kaleb and Jamie Davie. The funniest award went to Noah, Ben, Trish and Simon Gardner. The cutest award went to Isla, Elsie, Keith Tait and Ling Minucci.
Planning for the Minerva Winter Carnival began in November and paid off thanks to all the interested individuals and organizations who put so much time and effort into it. A few include the Town of Minerva Department of Parks and Recreation, Highway Department, Minerva Central School, Bob Sherwood, Tom Ramsey, Heidi Kelly and the school custodians.