TICONDEROGA - More than 200 people came out to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures and participate in the second annual Winter Fest in Bicentennial Park Feb. 5.
Participants from all age groups and surrounding communities came out to attend the free event that was organized by Ticonderoga High School teacher Adrienne Weld in conjunction with the Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, town of Ticonderoga, Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga, Adirondack Trailriders, North Country Community College and Ticonderoga American Legion.
Families were able to try snowshoeing, ice skating, broomball, sledding and snowmobile rides.
Donated prizes such as a getaway weekend at the Best Western, Gore lift tickets, two savings bonds from Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart and $25 gift certificate to the Burleigh House Restaurant were raffled off along with several door prizes that were donated by Lowe's, McDonald's, Subway, Tony's Ticonderoga Sports, Treadway Service Center and Outfitters, Glens Falls National Bank, Community Bank, Jay's Sunoco, Key Club of Ticonderoga, Rite Aid, The Country Florist & Gifts, and Ticonderoga Teachers Union.
The Gore lift tickets were won by Terence Benedict. The Best Western get away weekend was won by Rod Budwick. Savings Bonds from Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union were won by Penny Stevens and Matt Monthread. The $50 gift card to Wal-Mart was won by Joan Defayette. The $25 gift certificate to Burleigh House Restaurant was won by Monty Benedict.
"A special thanks to the following locate business who participated in Winter Fest to make it an all day event: Achieve Fitness, Adams Rib, Best Western Ticonderoga Inn and Suites, Burleigh House Restaurant, Burleigh's Luncheonette, Burgoyne Grill, Indulge At Roxie's, Rathbun Jewelers, Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe, The Olde Mill Cafe, The Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Two Brothers Meat Market, Ticonderoga Police Department and Denton Publications Times of Ti," Weld said.
"The support from the community and school was inspiring," she added. "Volunteers from the school's Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, National Honor Society, Student Voice, Yearbook Club, Art Club, College for Every Student and Volunteers from the community included Montcalm Street Partnership, Kiwanis, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Adirondack Trail Riders, Girl Scouts, North Country Community College, and American Legion all came out to support the day and help make it a success for a second year. Winter Fest committee is all ready in the works for planning the third annual event in hopes to see it grow larger and larger every year."