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Tri-Town Winter Carnival set to kick off on Feb. 13


BRASHER FALLS — Though Massena’s Winter Carnival has wrapped up, the fun has yet to begin in the Tri-Town area.

The annual Tri-Town Winter Carnival runs from Feb. 13 to 16 at various venues throughout the area. This year’s theme is “Proud to be an American.”

Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce President Allen W. Fukes said visitors will find some returning activities this year that haven’t been held recently. Among them is a “Snow Babies” contest that runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Pit Stop Diner in North Lawrence.

“It’s a beauty pageant for babies. We have three judges,” he said.

Other activities that night are the opening dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. and the crowning of the Winter Carnival royalty at the Knights of Columbus in Brasher.

Willie and Company, a ventriloquist show, will provide entertainment that night starting at 8 p.m. Peggy Miller is the voice behind Willie, as well as great-great Granny Gardner and Willie’s little cousin, Hannah.

Ms. Miller, who lives in Huntersville, N.C., has previously performed in the Tri-Town area, Mr. Fukes said, but not for some time.

Feb. 14 activities include a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion in Winthrop; a talent show from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Central Elementary School; the band Divided Roads from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Riverview in Brasher; the band Hipshot, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Pit Stop Pub, Winthrop; karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Jug in North Lawrence; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at the elementary school.

Events on Feb. 15 include a snowshoe and cross-country ski poker run at 8:30 a.m. at the Department of Environmental Conservation building in Brasher; the parade at 11 a.m., starting at Munson’s, with the line-up at 10 a.m. at the elementary school; a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in Winthrop; and an indoor yard and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Building in Winthrop.

Snowmobile drag races will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dishaw Farm on County Route 53, Helena.

“Last year we brought back ATVs for the first time in a long time. I’d like to see 40 or 60 ATVs with another 200, 300, 400 people watching,” Mr. Fukes said.

The carnival wraps up on Feb. 16 with a pancake breakfast, ATV drag races and a snowmobile poker run. Winter Carnival buttons are required for admission to most events and cost $2 each.

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