Greenfield to become winter wonderland for three days

GREENFIELD — The town will soon be transformed into a winter wonderland for three days, complete with a bonfire, fireworks, skating, ice carving, a chili contest, and Breakfast with Frosty.

The Greenfield Recreation Department’s Winter Carnival will begin on Friday and run through Sunday with numerous events being held on Beacon Field and throughout town.

The tradition dates back to 1922 and Recreation Department Director Christy Moore says it gets bigger and better every year.

The fun begins on Friday with an Ice Sculpture Walk through Greenfield’s downtown.

Live carving will happen in front of some downtown businesses on Friday and the sculptures will remain until they melt.

Also on Friday, The Recorder’s Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibit will be open in Studio C on the third floor of Wilson’s Department Store.

A middle school art exhibit will also be held throughout the weekend in the middle school — and on Friday from 5:15 to 7 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Beacon Field on Friday there will be a bonfire, fire dancers and fireworks, with the fireworks starting at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, everything from a youth basketball game to the annual Sleigh Bell Run to a snowshoeing trek along Rocky Mountain will happen.

There will also be public ice skating, face painting and lots of winter fun on Beacon Field.

Sunday will bring Breakfast with Frosty at the 99 Restaurant from 8 to 10 a.m., and more public skating.

On Beacon Field there will be a Snowman Village, a Snow Sculpture Contest, a cookie bake-off, toasting marshmallows by the fire, a chili cook-off, a hockey match between the Franklin County Sheriff’s team and Franklin County firefighters, a community-wide tug of war, horse-drawn hay rides and pony rides, the second annual K9 Keg Pull and, of course, the annual cardboard sled contest.

For more information or a list of the weekend’s events, call the Recreation Department at 413-772-1553 or visit:

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