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Winter Carnival offers lots of fun

It was firefighters vs. law enforcement at Beacon Field during the 2013 Winter Carnival. 
(Recorder file/ Beth Reynolds)

It was firefighters vs. law enforcement at Beacon Field during the 2013 Winter Carnival. (Recorder file/ Beth Reynolds)

GREENFIELD — The countdown is 10 days to the Greenfield Winter Carnival, when hundreds will gather on Beacon Field and throughout town to celebrate a tradition that began in 1922.

Some participants will opt to join the Sleigh Bell Run, while others will choose a warmer option and have breakfast with Frosty. There will be skating on the town’s outdoor ice rink, and much more.

This year’s three days of winter play will be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

Greenfield Winter Carnival will celebrate its 92nd birthday with fire dancers, fireworks, sleigh rides, ski and snowshoe demonstrations, a bonfire, family fun day, ice carvings, a chili cook-off, a hockey game, a cardboard sled contest, and many more activities.

The Greenfield Recreation Department, along with several local sponsors and the town’s Department of Public Works, has spent the last several weeks preparing for the event, which will be held on Beacon Field, at the Recreation Department on Sanderson Street, in Wilson’s Department Store, at Highland Park, the 99 Restaurant, and Collins-Moylan Arena at 5 Barr Avenue, and downtown, to name a few spots.

The Recreation Department will provide maps for a walking tour of ice sculptures, which will line Main Street. Residents and visitors will have a chance to vote for their favorites.

The annual Recorder Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibit in Studio C on the third floor of Wilson’s Department Store will be on display Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 during store hours.

An art exhibit of work created by middle school students will be on display at the middle school throughout the weekend.

Also, on Jan. 31 beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a bonfire on Beacon Field, followed by fire dancers at 6 and a fireworks display at 6:30.

Some of the highlights of the weekend will include snowshoeing treks led by Bicycle World, public ice skating at Collins-Moylan Arena and on the outdoor rink on Beacon Field, the annual Sleigh Bell Run, a four-mile road race, beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1, Breakfast with Frosty on Feb. 2, and a cookie bake-off and chili cook-off on Feb. 2.

There will also be a K-9 Keg Pull on the last day of the event and the ever-popular Cardboard Sled Race at Beacon Field.

The winter carnival was listed in American Profile’s “happenings” the week of Jan. 12-18.

For more information and an entire list of events and their times and locations, call 413-772-1553 or visit: www.townofgreenfield.org. Go to the Recreation Department’s page.

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