Last Saturday's Carlton Winterfest drew some 150 people, who attended throughout the afternoon and evening events. "The weather was beautiful," said Community Education Director Daisy Rose. "Those who wanted to be outside could do so without bein...
Last Saturday’s Carlton Winterfest drew some 150 people, who attended throughout the afternoon and evening events.
“The weather was beautiful,” said Community Education Director Daisy Rose. “Those who wanted to be outside could do so without being too cold, and those not wanting to bundle up could take part in the activities inside!”
All of the events this year were held at the Four Seasons Sports Complex.
Rose said the popular attractions continued to be the Zoomobile - “The children just love to get up close with the critters and have a chance to touch them” - and the Lions Club Chili Cook-off, which had 11 entries.
Joel Soukkala of the Lions club said the competition at the cookoff is always stiff.
“Both Connie Male and Scott 'Fireball' Elwood have won three times each before and we thought this year might break the tie, but first-time chili cooker Ryan Walker stole the prize,” Soukkala said. “He beat out his chili coach and neighbor Jerry Atkinson by one point! The entire field this year was very close. Even those that did not medal only trailed by single digits.”
Attendees also made crafts with the Carlton Kids Plus volunteers, explored the items that the Jay Cooke State Park Naturalist brought along and contributed to a Bake Walk fundraiser for the Carlton Friends of the Library.
Outdoor events included open skating (the outdoor rink was full much of the afternoon), snowshoeing adventures which allowed for a beautiful hike in the woods (not enough snow for actual snow shoes!). To close out the evening people gathered around the bonfire to keep warm.
“Overall the event is just what is needed to help escape the winter blahs! “ Rose summed up.