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Brook Melnik rides her cardboard sled entry Gold Digger in the sled contest during the Winter Carnival at Beacon Field
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11/2/6 MacDonald

Brook Melnik rides her cardboard sled entry Gold Digger in the sled contest during the Winter Carnival at Beacon Field STORY 11/2/6 MacDonald

GREENFIELD — The town, right now anyway, has the snow, the temperatures, and the enthusiasm, so all that’s left is waiting for its winter carnival to begin on Friday with an amateur photo contest, ice carving demonstrations, a bonfire and fireworks.

Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, said this year’s Greenfield Winter Carnival will also include an ice sculpture contest, but because there isn’t a lot of snow, will not have the snow sculpture contest.

The 91st annual Winter Carnival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Beacon Field and at other locations throughout town.

Moore said about 2,000 people have attended the carnival the past few years. She said it costs about $9,000 to put the entire carnival on.

She said that money comes from donations and sponsorships.

Moore said while people will find new things to do at the carnival, like the ice sculpture walk, there will also be some longtime favorites, including The Recorder amateur photography contest, the Sleigh Bell Run, and the cardboard sled contest. She said even if this week’s temperatures melt most of the snow, the town will still judge the cardboard sleds.

The Winter Carnival schedule of events is as follows:

Friday

∎  The Recorder amateur photography contest and exhibit in Wilson’s Studio C during store hours on Saturday.

∎  Live ice carvings downtown. There will be sculptures in front of Swift Cleaners-Adam & Eve, Wilson’s Department Store, Baker Office Supplies, TD Bank, Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield Garden Cinemas, Ryan and Casey Liquors, 377 Main St., and on the Town Common. People will vote for their favorite, which will be announced on Sunday at 10 a.m.

∎  Greenfield Middle School students’ art exhibit at 20 Sanderson St. from 5:15 to 7 p.m.

∎  Cribbage tournament at 20 Sanderson St. beginning at 5:15 p.m.

∎  Lights Out DJ public skate at Collins-Moylan Arena from 8 to 9:50 p.m. Admission is $6 and skate rental is $5.

∎  Bonfire on Beacon Field from 5 to 7 p.m. with fire dancers at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday

∎  Youth basketball game from 9 to 10 a.m. at Greenfield Middle School.

∎  Sleigh Bell Run four-mile road race at 10 a.m. starting on Hope Street.

∎  Snowshoeing trek led by Bicycle World staff at 10 a.m. at Highland Park.

∎  Public ice skating at Collins-Moylan Arena from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $3 and skate rental is $5.

∎  Pioneer Valley Vipers Sr. Women’s Hockey versus the Valley Cats at Collins-Moylan Arena from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

∎  Annual David M. Petrin Memorial Alumni Hockey Game between Greenfield High School and alumni at Collins-Moylan Arena from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

∎  There will be children’s activities held at 20 Sanderson St. from 9:30 a.m. into the afternoon on Saturday. Those activities include a LEGO competition, a comedy show by Jack Golden (Dr. T With a Ph.D. in Garbology), and art exhibit, games, face painting, winter crafts, photo ops with winter props, and a showing of “Happy Feet 2.” There will be popcorn, pizza and drinks available for purchase. For more details, visit: www.townofgreenfield.org.

Sunday

∎  Breakfast with Frosty at The 99 Restaurant from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $6 per person, ages 10 and under are $4, and ages 2 and under are free.

∎  Public ice skating at Collins-Moylan Arena from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $5.

∎  Sledding and skating at Beacon Field.

∎  Snowman Village at Beacon Field.

∎  Marshmallow toasting on Beacon Field.

∎  “What is your vision of Greenfield?” Master Plan Advisory Committee meet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Beacon Field.

∎  Cookie bake-off (contest) beginning at noon on Beacon Field. Drop off cookies at noon (a minimum of two dozen per entrant). Entrants are asked to share recipes and ingredients.

∎  Chili cook-off beginning at noon on Beacon Field.

∎  Working AKC Siberian huskies demonstration on Beacon Field at noon.

∎  Franklin County Sheriff’s hockey team and Franklin County firefighters hockey team game on the Beacon Field outdoor rink from noon to 1 p.m.

∎  Ski and snowshoe demonstrations on Beacon Field from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern Mountain Sports of Hadley will provide free snowshoe and cross-country skis for the demonstrations.

∎  Horse-drawn hay rides and pony rides provided by Tetrault Farm at Beacon Field from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 2 to 16, and children under 2 are free.

∎  Music with Bobby C on Beacon Field from noon to 4 p.m.

∎  K-9 keg pull at 1 p.m. on Beacon Field. Dogs of all shapes and sizes may enter the event organized by Paws Park Group. The entry fee is $5 and will go straight to Paws Park of Greenfield.

∎  Ice bowling on Beacon Field ice skating rink at 1 p.m.

∎  Broom ball on the outdoor rink at 1:30 p.m.

∎  Cardboard sled entries check in on Beacon Field at 1:30 p.m. The contest begins at 2:30 p.m.

∎  Awards ceremonies for all contests at 3:45 p.m. on Beacon Field.

For a list of sponsors, full schedule, or for more information, visit the Greenfield Recreation Department at: www.townofgreenfield.org.

Unfortunately for me, I never attended the carnival, reading what will take place makes me kind of sad that I didn't go.

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