Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: January 31st through February 2nd, 2014

 

Greenfield Winter Carnival Continues 92 Year Tradition with Three Days of Winter Play

 

Nothing says tradition in Greenfield like Winter Carnival. Since its very beginnings, this event has brought the community together in a celebration of the season.

The Ice Palace on the Common, Winter Carnival, January, 1923

 

Greenfield, Massachusetts (January 14, 2014) – Winter Carnival returns for its 92nd year Friday, January 31st through Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. Winter Carnival has been a long standing tradition within Greenfield, dating back to 1922. Since its very beginnings, this event has brought the community together in celebration, in a time of year that can be long, cold, and dreary. This year is no exception, with an exciting, jam packed weekend of activities planned.

 

The celebration kicks-off Friday, January 31st with live ice carvings taking place throughout downtown Greenfield by area artists. Ice sculptures will be displayed throughout the weekend, and people are encouraged to vote for their favorite on the Town Common at the ballot box. Be sure to drive down Main Street at dusk to see the sculptures illuminated, a cannot miss site!

 

 

The kick-off of the Carnival continues at Beacon Field on Friday night, with a Bonfire, Fire Dancers, and Fireworks Display to light up the night’s sky! Other activities on Friday include an Amateur Photography Contest, Middle School Art Exhibit, Cribbage Tournament, and a Lights Out DJ Public Skate. 

 

The celebration resumes on Saturday, February 1st with the 4 mile Sleigh Bell Run! Participants jingle their way through the scenic course that begins on Hope Street and winds through the Highland Park Area. Participants can pre-register at the Recreation Department and Town Hall, or on the day of at Hope & Olive Restaurant.

 

For those looking for some indoor fun on Saturday, don’t miss the Family Fun Fest. The fest features a Lego Competition, Jack Golden’s performance of “EnviroGanza”, an art exhibit, face painting, crafts, games, and a showing of Disney’s Planes. Popcorn, pizza, and drinks are also available for purchase. Additional Saturday activities include a snowshoeing trek, public ice skating, and a Pioneer Valley Vipers hockey match.

 

Sunday, February 2nd’s events start bright and early with Breakfast with Frosty at 8:00am at the Ninety-Nine Restaurant. This event is a fundraiser for Winter Carnival. Tickets are $6.00 per person, 10 and under $4.00, under 2 free. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

 

 

Sunday’s events continue at Beacon Field, for an afternoon full of outdoor fun. Sledding down Beacon Hill, ice skating on the outdoor ice rink, and building snowmen are all winter and festival favorites. A snow sculpture contest and ski & snowshoe Demos by Eastern Mountain Sports also take place, weather permitting. Horse drawn hay or sleigh rides, community wide tug of war, a live DJ, ice bowling, broom ball, and a hockey match also add to the fun. Delicious treats are also enjoyed with the cookie bake-off, chili cook-off, marshmallow toasting, hot cocoa and other warm offerings from the snack shack.

 

Back for the 2nd year by popular demand is the K-9 Keg Pull. Participants run, dance, or do whatever it takes to urge their dogs across the finish line. Dogs will sprint for glory pulling appropriately sized kegs- for a Chihuahua, that’s a beer can, while mighty rotts or shepherds pull full sized kegs (all empty of course). Register in advance or day of. All funds benefit the Paws Park Initiative.

 

 

The conclusion of the events is the great cardboard sled race! The creativity is limitless, as just about anything goes. All sleds must be made of cardboard. Prizes are awarded in the youth and group categories for fastest, most creative, zaniest, and best crash. Adults can earn prizes for the fastest and most creative. Businesses are also encouraged to join the fun in the Corporate Challenge, where a prize is awarded for best design. Overall prizes also awarded to best Greenfield theme and people’s choice. Visit the website for the complete rules. An award ceremony follows the race for all competitions held throughout the weekend.

 

 

For a complete schedule of events and event map, visit www.greenfield-ma.gov/Pages/GreenfieldMA_Recreation/WinterCarnival

While most events are free, some activities do include a fee or suggested donation.  Fee information as well as registration forms for specific activities are available on the website.

 

Winter Carnival is presented by the Greenfield Recreation Department and sponsored by Wormtown Trading, WHAI, BEAR Country, the Ninety Nine Restaurant, the Hammond Family, Silver Screen Design, Gilmore & Farrell Insurance, The Recorder,  Greenfield Eye & Lasik Center, Eastern Mountain Sports, Dicks Sporting Goods, Cohn & Co, D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches, Design Alternative, Finn Insurance, the Landlord’s Business Association, Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, Greenfield Savings Bank, Summit Ice, Wilson’s, Adam & Eve, Swift Cleaners, Attorney David Singer, Garden Cinema, Green Fields Market/ Franklin Community Co-Op, Ryan & Casey Liquors, TD Bank, and the Zaccheo Family. For more information about the festival, call 413-772-1553.

 

 

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Kelly Jenkins, Program Supervisor  

Email: RecO@greenfield-ma.gov, Phone: 413-772-1553

 Condensed Version  

 

Greenfield Winter Carnival Continues 92 Year Tradition with Three Days of Winter Play

Greenfield, Massachusetts – Winter Carnival returns for its 92nd year Friday, January 31st through Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. Winter Carnival has been a long standing tradition within Greenfield, dating back to 1922. Since its very beginnings, this event has brought the community together in celebration, in a time of year that can be long, cold, and dreary. This year is no exception, with an exciting, jam packed weekend of activities planned. Some of the activities include: fire dancers, fireworks, sleigh rides, sleigh bell run, breakfast with Frosty, ski and snowshoe demos, bonfire, family fun day, ice carvings, chili cook-off, hockey game, cardboard sled contest, and more. For a complete schedule of events and event map, visit www.greenfield-ma.gov/Pages/GreenfieldMA_Recreation/WinterCarnival. While most events are free, some activities do include a fee or suggested donation. Fee information as well as registration forms for specific activities are available on the website.