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Winter Carnival starts today

A swan ice sculpture was set at the Town Common in Greenfield for Winter Carnival in 2013.  (Recorder/Beth Reynolds)

A swan ice sculpture was set at the Town Common in Greenfield for Winter Carnival in 2013. (Recorder/Beth Reynolds)

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Winter Carnival begins today, 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 today through Sunday.

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 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 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, today 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 Saturday, Breakfast with Frosty on Sunday, and a cookie bake-off and chili cook-off on Sunday.

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.

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

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