February 12, 2013ALTON — The Alton Winter Carnival will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the ice in Alton Bay on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The Alton Business Association and the Alton Parks and Recreation Department are organizing the event, and if the ice conditions are bad, events will be held near the bandstand in Alton Bay.
The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Alton Bay Community Center, with a cost of $5 per person. Pancakes will be served by Dale's Lock and Key and DMF Services.
A bob-house decorating contest will be held from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Snowmobile demos will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The children's fishing derby, sponsored by the Alton Centennial Rotary Club will start at 10 a.m. and run throughout the afternoon.
Pond hockey will be held, at no cost, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Helicopter rides will be lifting off from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with a cost of $30 per person. Sleigh rides will be going around the ice during the same time, with the cost being $5 per person, $15 for a family of four and $20 for a family of five or more.
The Ice Princess will be walking around and entertaining guests throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The snowmobile parade will be held from 12 to 12:30 p.m.
The bob-house decorating winners and crazy hat winners will be announced at 1 p.m.
At 1:15 p.m., a K-9 demonstration will be presented by the Alton Police Department.
The Great Alton Bay Bed Race Parade will be held at 2:45 p.m., and the race will be held at 3 p.m. Registration for this race is required through the parks and recreation department by today, Feb. 14.
A 50/50 raffle drawing will be held at 3:15 p.m., with tickets sold throughout the day.
A closing ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., and food will be served throughout the day at the Alton Business Association trailer featuring sausage and peppers, chili, French fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water and hot chocolate.
Special thanks go out to the Alton Business Association, The ABA Winter Carnival Committee, the Alton Parks and Recreation Committee, the Alton Centennial Rotary Club and the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center and the Alton Police Department and The Alton Fire Department for their support.
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126