February 14, 2012ALTON — With the recent cold snap of weather, the Alton Winter Carnival should be able to take place as scheduled.
Paul LaRochelle, Chairman of the Alton Business Association, is excited for the carnival that will be taking place in Alton Bay from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.
"We are looking for everyone to come out and have fun in the Alton community as we always have done in the past," LaRochelle said. "We want to have something for everyone to do in the middle of the winter."
Last year, the event was cancelled due to weather conditions, but this year the event will be shifted to the parking lot in Alton Bay and the Christian Conference Center if needed.
"We don't ever want to cancel it again, and we want people to have a good time."
The event kicks off with pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Alton Bay Community Center, with a cost of $5.
The Alton Centennial Rotary Club will be hosting a children's fishing derby beginning at 10 a.m.
A DJ will be providing musical entertainment from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., helicopter rides will be offered for $30 a person from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and sleigh brides will be offered for $5 a person, $15 for a family of four and $20 for a family of five or more.
The Ice Princess will be judging a bobhouse decorating contest from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Anyone interested in signing up for the bobhouse decorating contest can sign up at Amilynne's Corner Market before noon.
Family games will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and caricatures will be provided from 12 to 3 p.m. and a police dog demo will be held in the parking lot at noon.
The Ice Princess will announce the winner of the bobhouse contest at 12:45 p.m., will entertain the crowd with a ventriloquist act and will pick a crazy hat contest winner at 1 p.m.
The Alton Parks and Recreation Department will hold a scavenger hunt at 1:30 p.m., will hold the Great Alton Bay Bed Race Parade at 2:45 p.m. and will hold the Great Alton Bay Bed Race at 3 p.m.
A 50/50 raffle drawing will be held at 2 p.m. and the closing ceremony will be held at 4 p.m.
Throughout the day, hot dogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate, soft drinks, coffee and other assorted treats will be served by members of the ABA.
Throughout the day prizes will be awarded that were provided by members of the ABA and other members of the community.
In addition to helping organize the winter carnival, LaRochelle is also the airport runway manager for the temporary airport in Alton Bay.
"This is a non-manned airport. I need to mark off the runway so that the pilots can visably see it." LaRochelle added. "I keep the runway clear and the pilots contact each other by radio when they are landing and taking off."
As mentioned before, if there are any changes in the weather, events will be moved from the ice to the Alton Bay parking lot next to the bandstand and to the Christian Conference Center.
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126