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Greenfield Winter Carnival adds ice walk and contest

Events set for Feb. 1, 2, 3

GREENFIELD — The organizers of the Greenfield Winter Carnival are adding something new to the lineup this year.

Christy Moore, director of the town’s Recreation Department, said four ice sculptors have confirmed with her, but she is still looking for three more to participate in a competition that will become the carnival Ice Walk.

The 91st Greenfield Winter Carnival will be held Feb. 1, 2, and 3 this year.

Moore is asking artists to carve an ice sculpture with an original design. She said the sculptures will become part of the Ice Walk during the carnival. She’s hoping to have seven sculptures.

“The sculptures will contribute to the downtown vitality and encourage pedestrian engagement,” said Moore.

On-site carving will happen on Feb. 1 and sculptures will be on display throughout the weekend, she said.

Artists will compete for a $1,000 prize. The public will cast ballots for their favorites that weekend to determine the winner.

Artists must submit designs and short biographies to the Recreation Department as soon as possible. The Recreation Department will choose the artists who will compete.

Moore said designs should have a winter theme. Artists will be provided with two blocks of ice, each weighing 300 pounds and measuring 12 inches by 20 inches by 40 inches.

Sculptors will be credited for their work.

Partial lineup

The carnival is held in early February each year and includes a Breakfast with Frosty, Sleigh Bell Run, art exhibit, cribbage tournament, bonfire, fireworks, cookie bake-off and chili cook-off, an amateur photography contest sponsored by The Recorder, public ice skating, and a cardboard sled contest, to name a few events.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 413-772-1553.

Required materials should be submitted to: Greenfield Recreation Department, 20 Sanderson St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or email to: christym@greenfield-ma.gov.

For more information about the carnival, visit: www.townofgreenfield.org.

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