For Immediate Release
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
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
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
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
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
For a complete schedule of events and event map, visit
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.
Kelly Jenkins, Program Supervisor
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
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
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.