Inside or out, Winter Carnival a winner
GREENFIELD,MA (February 3, 2013) -The K-9 Keg Pull was one of the many events at Beacon Field during the Winter Carnival 2013. Deanna Dudley (l) and Madison Gagne (r) encourage Dozer, a 1 yr-old chocolate labrador to pull a keg. Photo by Beth Reynolds
The Sleigh Bell Run 4-mile road race was a strong start to Saturday's events of the 91st annual Greenfield Winter Carnival. This year, 74 runners from Franklin County, Vermont, Connecticut, and New Hampshire competed.
GREENFIELD — Despite being a little short on snow, the 91st-annual Greenfield Winter Carnival offered fun for all ages.
The annual Sleigh Bell Run four-mile race drew 74 runners from all over Franklin County, as well as Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire. It was one way to warm up on a brisk, below-freezing morning.
“The first hill was tough, I was still running hard then,” said Henry Domnarski of Palmer. “Other than that, it was good.”
Domnarski, 14, and his mother drove about a hour for the race, that Domnarski ran in about a third of that time.
The teen took home first place in the under-19 category, with a time of 24:22. Fast on his feet, he was the fourth runner to cross the finish line overall.
He’s had plenty of training, though. Domnarski is a member of Palmer High School’s cross country and spring track teams, and he frequently runs road races as well.
In his first Sleigh Bell Run last year, Domnarski came in third place overall, but his time this year improved from 25:29. There were no runners in the female under 19 category.
Abby Mahoney, 34, won the women’s overall category, with a time of 26:51. Richard Tuttle, 40, won first in the overall men’s category, with a time of 22:24.
Full race results will be posted on the Greenfield Recreation Department website, www.greenfield-ma.gov/pages/greenfieldma_recreation, and on www.coolrunning.com.
There were plenty of indoor winter sports to be played, too. Greenfield Recreation’s youth basketball league had a morning game at the middle school, and later, the action moved to the ice at the Collins/Moylan Arena. There, the Pioneer Valley Vipers took on the Valley Cats in a women’s senior hockey game, followed by the 21st annual David M. Petrin Memorial Alumni Hockey Game.
The Greenfield Youth Center was abuzz with family-friendly activities.
“It’s been busy, which is good. The kids are having a lot of fun,” said Barbara Zaccheo, helping run things at the youth center.
In the morning, the center hosted Jack Golden’s show, “Garbage is my Bag,” in which his “trash to treasure” machine recycled rubbish into useful goods.
There was also a Lego contest, carnival and board games, arts and crafts, a screening of “Happy Feet 2,” and fun props for photos. The walls were covered in art made by students of Greenfield Middle School and the Greenfield Math and Science Academy.
Heather Cunningham of Greenfield stopped by with her son Liam Horton, 6, for face-painting and some warm indoor fun before they headed off to find some snow to play in.
“If the carnival wasn’t going on, we’d probably be out building a snowman, if there was enough snow,” said Cunningham.
The cold hasn’t stopped the mother and son from having some winter fun.
“We do a lot of winter biking,” said Cunningham. When it snows too much for two wheels, the real fun starts.
“We go to the ball field in Conway to sled a lot,” said Liam. “I like my double snow tube.”
Liam and mom were excited for Sunday’s outdoor events at Beacon Field, particularly the K9 Keg Pull, in which dogs large and small pull full-sized kegs or beer cans, depending on the size of the dog. Sunday also offered ice bowling and “broom ball” on the outdoor skating rink, a cardboard sled contest, hay rides, and, a chili cook-off to heat things up, among other activities.
Though the forecast wasn’t much warmer than Saturday’s, Cunningham and her son didn’t mind.
“The only way to enjoy the winter is to go out and play,” said Cunningham.
Judging by the carnival’s turnout, many others agreed.
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