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Greenfield keeps traditions alive at 96th Winter Carnival

  • Girls from Girl Scout troop 64792 compete in the cardboard sled contest during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday at Beacon Field in Greenfield. Riding in the sled are Evie Flynn, Holly Babineau and Alexis Smith. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mika the Husky, owned by Mark Theriault, competes in the K9 Keg Pull during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Shaun Stone, 3, front, and Alexander Chambers, 8, sled down the hill at Beacon Field during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Clarence the Saint Bernard puts on a show of strength in the K9 Keg Pull during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Brent Corbett bites down on a roasted marshmallows and a tagalong cookie during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mike Currie, front, leads the puck ahead of Matt Kempf during an ice hockey match between the Franklin County Sheriff’€™s and the Franklin County Firefighters’ teams during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Breanna Kempf, 9, competes in the K9 Keg Pull with her dog Daisy during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Grace Burns, 14, front, leads the Ruth Bader Sledburg sled with Kaiden, 2, while competing in the cardboard sled contest during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Kaiden, 2, rides in the Ruth Bader Sledburg sled while competing in the cardboard sled contest during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

GREENFIELD — It was a chilly, overcast Sunday, but that didn’t stop adults, children and dogs from coming to Beacon Field to enjoy the last day of the 96th annual Winter Carnival before going home to enjoy the Super Bowl.

Pieces of grass and dirt poked through the snow on the ground, but plenty of young children still launched themselves down the hill on plastic sleds. The homemade sleds came later, during cardboard sled contest, but not before the county’s four-legged residents showed their strength in the K9 Keg Pull, another one of the carnival’s most celebrated events.

Recreation Department director Christy Moore expressed excitement for the weekend crowd.

“The weather has cooperated and turnout is good,” she said.

Furry athletes

The snow in Beacon Field soon became trodden with plenty of boot prints and dog prints alike. Dozens of residents and their furry friends lined up to prepare for the sixth annual K9 Keg Pull.

From tiny Chihuahuas to a hefty Saint Bernard named Clarence, all shapes and sizes of dogs were welcome to participate or cheer on their fluffy friends from the sidelines.

Each canine was fitted with a keg on a rope to pull behind. In an effort to not leave any dog out, there were multiple sizes of “kegs” to pull.

Charlie, a little pug outfitted in a winter-themed sweater, pulled a four-pack behind him. Maximus, a handsome German Shepherd, was the first out of the contestants to pull a full-sized keg. Macho, a Chihuahua, managed to pull two cans.

The dogs raced individually and were timed on how long it took them to get from the start line to the finish line. Faster dogs completed the race in 6 or 7 seconds. For some, visiting with bystanders seemed to trump the glory of winning, and they had to be coaxed to the finish line. No matter the size or breed, all dogs seemed to have fun whether they were in it to win it, or just in it for the experience.

Even the dogs that didn’t participate barked their support from the sidelines. Children cheered for their favorite dogs along with their parents.

Clarence, the Saint Bernard, was not an official contestant but he showed the other pups how it’s done by pulling two full-size and two quarter-size kegs and a four-pack all at once.

The fastest dog, a pitbull/husky/greyhound mix named Riley, completed the pull in 4.15 seconds with a half keg, winning the “Best Overall” title.

Sled contest

Another one of the biggest events at the Winter Carnival is the cardboard sled contest.

All sleds had to be 100 percent cardboard with no plastic or wood underneath to help with speed. Parents could help children make their sleds.

Among the winners in the youth category for sledding was Seamus Collins, who slid down the mountain inside a cardboard igloo with penguins and won “Most Creative” for the youth category.

The “Zaniest” award went to Eric Waite, who entered the Ruth Bader Sledburg sled.

And the fasted sled was the “Taco sled, put together by 12th-graders from Greenfield High School and driven by Justice Thurber, an eighth-grader.

In the group category, the Shepherd family of six won the “Zaniest” award for their yellow sled, “Cool Bus.”

In the adult category, Mike Sullivan won the “Fastest” award, as well as “Fastest Overall” with his drag racer sled. He completed the hill in 7.35 seconds.

The “People’s Choice” award went to the X-wing fighter sled by Destini and Winter Sullivan.

Food

A carnival isn’t complete without food, of course. Chilly carnival-goers could warm up at a fire pit and roast marshmallows, sample chili from one of the five cook-off contestants, taste cookies from cookie bake-off contestants or support their local Girl Scout troop by buying boxes of cookies.

All cook-off contestants were local restaurants, and Brad’s Place won the people’s vote for “Best Chili.”

Applesauce cookies made by Anira Dahlstrom won the award of “Most Original,” while the “Best Overall” was awarded to classic chocolate chip cookies made by Lanie Bowse. Seamus Collins won a “Best Decorated” award for his groundhog cookies.

Other amusements

The crack of hockey sticks against a puck could be heard as the Franklin County Sheriff’s hockey team faced off against the Franklin County Firefighters for a game of ice hockey at the Beacon Field Outdoor Rink.

At 12:30 p.m., teams faced off for a tug o’ war in the middle of the field. To complete the wintry scene, a horse-drawn wagon circled the field from noon until the end of the carnival, giving rides to those looking to sit for awhile.

Moore mentioned that the carnival would not be possible without all of the volunteers who took on tasks from timing K9 Keg Pull participants, to judging cardboard sleds and overseeing the carnival as a whole.

“Overall, it’s been a successful event,” Moore said.

Reach Christie Wisniewski at: cwisniewski@recorder.com
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