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The horse-drawn wagon rides are always a hit at the North Adams Winterfest celebration.

North Adams Hosts 22nd Annual Winterfest Celebration

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There's fresh snow on the ground, and just in time, the 22nd annual Winterfest celebration, which offers many indoor and outdoor, family-friendly activities, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16. All events are free.

The schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.-4 p.m., ice carving on Main Street:
Watch as eight artists carve 300-pound blocks of ice into creative creatures and objects based on this year's theme of "the four seasons." The sculptures will be judged by three local artists at the end of the day and the winner will be awarded a $100 prize.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., fun in the snow at Colegrove Park (weather permitting): Self-guided fun in downtown's "backyard." Colegrove park offers great sledding and snow fun; bring your own sled.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Farmer & Artisan Market at 66 Main St.: Shop local at this indoor food and crafts market featuring more than 30 food, drink and craft vendors and live music by Sandy & Sandy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bright Ideas Brewing Homebrew Competition at 66 Main St.: New this year, Bright Ideas Brewing welcomes home brewers to enter their best brew in this competition. Those wishing to enter can bring their brew to the Bright Ideas booth by 10 a.m. All grain homebrews only; no extract brewing. Besides that, there are no restrictions in terms of beers styles. Just bring your best brew and make sure to include ABV, Style, and special ingredients (if any) on the label; do not include your name anywhere on the bottle or label. Bottles are preferred. The brewer of the winning beer will participate in a collaboration brew with Bright Ideas head brewer, Danny Sump. Their limited edition beer to be featured on tap at Bright Ideas Brewing on the campus of Mass MoCA. The winner will be announced at the festival once judging is complete at 2 p.m.

10 a.m.-noon, hot cocoa, cookies and robotics at MountainOne, 93 Main St.: MountainOne will be offering free hot cocoa and cookies in their lobby, along with robotics demonstrations from the McCann Tech Robotics Team.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Children’s Winter Carnival at First Baptist Church, 131 Main St: The First Baptist Church will host some indoor winter games and activities for the family.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., free open gym at J Star Gymnastics, 69 Union St.: J Star Gymnastics opens its doors to the community for a free, two and a half hour, open gym. Families are welcome to come over and get out some energy in their spacious gym. All children must have a guardian present.

Noon-2 p.m., Chowder Cook-off at The Green, 85 Main St., Suite 105: Taste delicious samplings from this year's competitors and vote for your favorite chowder. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given for People's Choice and Judges Choice. Only one will walk away with the "Only in North Adams" award for most unique chowder. Participating restaurants are: Berkshire Food Project, Freight Yard Pub, Grazie, The Hub, 180 Polish Roadside Grill, Gala Restaurant at the Orchards, McCann Tech Culinary Program and Ramunto's.

Noon-2 p.m., community campfire at corner of Holden and Main Street: Warm up by a cozy fire and roast a few marshmallows in between events.

1-3 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides: The line for free horse-drawn wagon rides begins in front of MountainOne Bank.

2-4 p.m., ice skating and free skate rentals at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink: The city welcomes all to finish off the festivities at the ice skating rink for two hours of free skate rentals and skating.


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