Weather-related Schedule Changes to Chester Winter Carnival

The 2012 Chester Winter Carnival promises even more family fun with a bevy of indoor  and outdoor activities, including an opening night dinner dance, and a scavenger hunt. But due to the dry weather, several events have been canceled, while the bulk of activities can still take place, Julie Pollard, who  has been instrumental to the carnival’s success, said Thursday, Feb. 16.

She said the Braeburn Siberians won’t be holding their popular dog sled rides because of lack of snow. However, Pollard added that they have already committed to attend next year’s Chester Winter Carnival.

Pollard also said that Broom Hockey will still take place on Sunday, and currently has 10 teams signed up. And, she said that the good weather should draw out more participants for the Scavenger Hunt and that $100 prize. Below is the list of events. Please note the four that have been canceled.

Chester Winter Carnival 2012

Friday, Feb. 17

Dinner/Dance at the American Legion, 637 VT 103 S.
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Freeway Band

Cost of the dinner is $12, entry to the dance is $5. But you can buy a ticket for both for $14.

Saturday, Feb. 18

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kick-off Breakfast at the American Legion, 637 VT 103 S., sponsored by the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
11 a.m.                     Sled Races at the Pinnacle on Lovers Lane. CANCELED
Noon to 3 p.m.     Dog Sled Rides at Cobleigh Field on Cobleigh Street, Braeburn Siberians offering free rides CANCELED
1 p.m.                       Biathlon Sled/Shooting Match, at the Pinnacle on Lovers Lane. Courtesy of Grafton Ponds – 100% safe laser guns
2 to 4 p.m.              Scavenger Hunt – $100 prize to winning team; (Noon to 2 p.m. registration and maps at Chester Hardware, 21 Main St.)
6 p.m.                       Bonfire at Cobleigh Field
6 to 9 p.m.              Ice Skating Party at Cobleigh Field CANCELED
6:30 p.m.                Fire Sculpture by Barre Pinske at Cobleigh Field

Sunday, Feb. 19

9 a.m.                   Chester Snowmobile Club Poker Run at the Pinnacle on Lovers Lane. CANCELED
10 a.m.                Broom Hockey Tournament at Cobleigh Field, Food vendor – Chester Rotary Club. For more information: call 802-875-2693 for team signup


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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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