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Greenfield Community
Winter Carnival
Greenfield's Annual Winter Carnival
92nd Celebration
January 31st-February 2nd, 2014
3 Days of Winter Play!

Brought to you by the
Greenfield Recreation Department

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Winter Carnival Schedule of Events

We need your help- Volunteer at the Carnival Today!

Friday, January 31st  Events

All day- Live Ice Carvings Downtown- Artists will be sculpting ice throughout the day in front of our downtown sponsoring businesses. Be sure to check out the Ice Walk Map and vote for your favorite sculpture at the ballot box on the Town Common by Sunday, February 2nd at 10:00am.

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Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibit in Studio C, 3rd floor at Wilson’s Department Store on display during store hours through Saturday, February 8. Black and white and color entries depicting Franklin County Winter Subjects/Scenes accepted at The Recorder Office Classified Ad desk (14 Hope St., Greenfield) until Thursday, January 23rd.

5:15-7:00pm -- Art Exhibit -- Artwork by Greenfield Middle School students will be on display on the Second Floor of the Youth Center. Be sure to stop by and see our Young Picassos!

5:15pm – Cribbage Tournament – Fun For All Ages! Registration begins at 5:15pm on the Second Floor of the Youth Center. Play starts at 5:30pm. $10 registration fee. Boards available or bring your own board and cards. Winner and Runner Up will receive custom made cribbage boards. Open to anyone and any age!  Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

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8:30-10:20pm –Lights Out DJ Public Skate at the Collins/Moylan Area – Bring your glow sticks and have the live, ice-side DJ play your favorite songs. Rental skates are available on a first come, first served basis. $6 admission, $5 skate rentals

Beacon Field Events

5:00-7:00pm- Bonfire- Warm up by the fire at Beacon Field. Bring your own marshmallows and hotdogs. Sticks will be provided.

6:00pm- Fire Dancers- Join us at Beacon Field for a pre-fireworks performance by Pyro Productions who are sure to leave spectators of all ages in awe with an exhilarating show featuring fast-paced stunts with eye-dazzling pillars of flame, whirling snake torches, and blazing hula hoops that envelope the performers in curtains of fire.

(Photo Credit:  Robin Sidel)

6:30pm- Fireworks Display. Join us at Beacon Field for a dazzling kick-off to our Winter Carnival Weekend, with Fireworks being shot off of Poet’s Seat Tower. It’s a display that’s sure to captivate all ages.

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                                       (Photo Credit: Robin Sidel)

Saturday, February 1st  Events

10:00am– 2014 Sleigh Bell Run – 4 Mile Road Race. A scenic course starting on Hope Street and running through Highland Park area. Pre-register at Recreation Department or Town Hall or day of race at Hope & Olive Restaurant from 8:45-9:30am. Age divisions and prizes. First 75 entrants receive t-shirt and sleigh bell bracelets. $15 Pre Race Entry by Friday, January 17th, $20 after this date and on race day. Youth under the age of 18 are half price.


10:00am Snowshoeing Trek led by Bicycle World Staff. Meet at the Highland Pond parking lot at 10:00am for a 60-90 minute free guided walk around Rocky Mountain trails. Bring your own snowshoes!

1:00-3:00pm – Public Ice Skating -- Collins/Moylan Arena, by the High School. Winter Carnival Special-$3 Admission, $5 Skate Rental.

4:00pm- Pioneer Valley Vipers Sr Women’s Hockey vs Simsbury Mother Ducks at Collins/Moylan Arena. Free Admission.

Winter Carnival Family Fun Day at the Youth Center, 20 Sanderson Street
Suggested Donation of $5 per person, $20 per family

9:30-10:00am-LEGO Competition for Grades K-6. Build your very own LEGO creation and display it at our Family Fun Day! Enter your home built creation to compete for most creative design. Drop off between 9:30-10:00am. Guidelines and entry form available here. $3 Entry Fee.

10:00am – “Environmental Extravaganza: EnviroGanza” “EnviroGanza”, is a new show by the award winning environmental entertainer Jack Golden. Combining elements from his highly acclaimed shows, Garbage Is My Bag, A Litter Bit Goes a Long Way and Water Water Everywhere, Jack has created an exciting and unique program that covers recycling, litter prevention and water issues, including water conservation and point/non point source pollution. Sponsored by the DPW.


11:00am-12:30pm -- Art Exhibit -- Artwork by Greenfield Middle School students will be on display on the Second Floor of the Youth Center. Be sure to stop by and see our Young Picassos!

11:00am -12:30pm – Face Painting and Winter Crafts for Kids offered by the Recreation Commission and Macaroni Kid.

11:00am-12:30pm- Greenfield Games will bring fun to the table with new and exciting board games for you to play.

11:00am-12:30pm- Photo Ops with Winter Props! Bring your camera and pose with our giant Penguin, Polar Bear, and more!!

12:30pm – Join us for a showing of Disney's Planes

Ongoing- Popcorn, Pizza, and Drinks available for purchase

Sunday, February 2nd Events

8:00am-10:00am— Breakfast with Frosty at The 99 Restaurant. $6.00 per person. 10 and under $4.00. Two years and under free. Bring your family and friends to help support Greenfield Winter Carnival! Tickets available in advance and at the door. Purchase at the Recreation Department, Town Hall or from a Recreation Commissioner.

1:00pm-3:00pm – Public Ice Skating -- Collins/Moylan Arena, by the High School. $5 Admission, $5 Skate Rental.

Beacon Field Events

Ongoing- Sledding & Outdoor Ice Skating. Come enjoy the Beacon Sledding Hill and our new Ice Rink. Available all winter long! Bring your own sleds or skates.

Ongoing - Snowman Village – help build our annual snowman community at Beacon Field. Bring your own decorations and design your own snowman. Construct your own member of the Winter Carnival’s Snowman Village. Make memories--take your picture with the Headless Snowman!

Ongoing - Snow Sculpture Contest. First come, first claimed for pre-built snow mound (weather permitting) or make your own. Add your own fun accessories. (Food coloring only for colors please – do not use paint). Start as early as you would like. Judging begins at 3:15pm.

Ongoing- Marshmallow Toasting by the Bonfire. Sticks and Marshmallows provided.
12:00pm- Cookie Bake Off – Enter to win our Cookie Contest. Drop off your favorite cookies to Beacon Field at 12:00pm. Bring a minimum of 2 dozen cookies per entrant. All cookie types welcome. Please share recipes or ingredients. Categories: Most Original, Best Overall and Best Decorated! Click Here for the official rules!

12:00pm- Chili Cook-Off—Come sample chili prepared by our local restaurants who will be competing for bragging rights for “The Best Chili Around”  

12:00pm-1:00pm- Hockey Match: The Franklin County Sheriff's Hockey team will challenge the Franklin County Fire Fighters at the Beacon Field Outdoor Rink. A "Pond Hockey Rules" style game: 4 on 4 with goal boxes.

12:00pm-4:00pm – Ski and Snowshoe Demo’s - Eastern Mountain Sports of Hadley will provide FREE snowshoe and X-country ski for demonstrations. Ask questions; learn tips and tricks of these winter sports!

12:00pm-4:00pm – Horse Drawn Hay Rides and Pony Rides by Tetrault Farm. $3 Adults, $2 for Kids 2-16 and kids under 2 are free.

12:00pm-4:00pm—Music by DJ Jason Antes!

12:30pm -- Community Wide Tug of War – Gather ‘round for a good old fashion pulling contest!

1:00pm- Run, dance, do whatever it takes to urge your dog across the finish line at the 2nd Annual K9 Keg Pull sponsored by the Paws Park Initiative, Lefty's Brewing, Berkshire Brewing, and the Greenfield Recreation Department. Last year proved to be great fun with dogs of all shapes and sizes sprint for glory pulling appropriately sized “kegs” – for a Chihuahua, that’s a beer can, while mighty rotts or shepherds pull full-size kegs (all empty of course). Register Online in advance for $5, $10 day of with funds benefiting the Paws Park Initiative. There will be several different heats with awards given later in the day to our big winners. Come watch possibly the most adorable event of the day at Beacon Field. Please be considerate and pick up after your dog.


1:00pm – Ice Bowling-- Come experience ice bowling on our ice rink! Can you get a strike on ice?

1:30pm – Broom Ball—Attempt to sweep away your competition in a round of broom ball. No skates needed, only sneakers or boots!

1:30pm – Check In Cardboard Sled Entries at Sled Check in Station. Save time by pre-registering your sled on-line. Pre-registration available until Wednesday, January 29th. Click Here to Pre-Register

2:30pm -- Cardboard Sled Contest at Beacon Field. Your creativity is limitless! Just about anything goes!! NOTE: If no snow, bring your sled to the field. They will be judged on creativity and construction. The RULES are as follows:
  • Sled MUST be made of cardboard. Papier-mâché, tape, glue, and paint are also permitted.
  • Sleds may not have plastic wrap, wood or other bottom surface material, or runners (unless cardboard). Tape is ok.
  • Parents may help children build their sleds.
  • One Entry per person
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
Youth- Under 16: Fastest, Most Creative, Zaniest, and Best Crash
Group- 2 or more all ages: Fastest, Most Creative, Zaniest, and Best Crash
Adults-16 and over (single riders): Fastest and Most Creative
Corporate Challenge: Best Design
Overall Best Greenfield Theme
Overall People’s Choice


3:45pm- Awards Ceremony. Announcement of the Cardboard Sled Race, Cookie Bake-Off, Chili Cook-off, Snow Sculpture Contest, and Lego Contest, and K9 Keg Pull  winners.

Winter Carnival Snack Bar and Souvenirs
Hot food, drinks, snacks, and souvenirs on sale Sunday, February 2nd at Beacon Field. Travel Mugs, Greenfield Recreation Hoodies,
Long and Short Sleeve Winter Carnival Shirts available.
Adult and Youth Sizes.

And Also, Don't Miss:

February 8th
6:00-8:00pm—22nd  Annual David M. Petrin Memorial Alumni Hockey Game. Greenfield High vs. Alumni at the Greenfield Skating Rink (Collins/Moylan Memorial Skating Arena).


Nor'Easter Sponsors
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Blizzard Sponsors
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Snowball Sponsors

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Snowflake Sponsors
Cohn & Company
D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
Design Alternative
Finn Insurance
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club
Landlord’s Business Association
Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters
Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, Chiropractic & Natural Health
Clayton D. Davenport Trucking, Inc.

Frosty Friends
AAA of the Pioneer Valley
All About Beads
Berkshire East
Big Y
BJs Wholesale
The Body Shoppe
Burger King
Cleary Jewelers
Commonwealth Dairy
Denny's Pantry
Greenfield Games
Hope & Olive
Lundgren Honda
Magic Wings
Magical Child
Mesa Verde
Mowry & Schmidt
Our Family Farms
Pioneer Valley Wood Art
Ruggeri Real Estate
Stop & Shop
Subway of North Greenfield
Wachusett Mountain
World Eye Bookstore
Yankee Candle

Ice Sponsors


Adam & Eve/ Swift Cleaners
David Singer, Attorney & Mediator
Garden Cinema
Green Fields Market/ Franklin Community Co-Op
Greenfield Savings Bank
Ryan & Casey Liquors
TD Bank
Wilson's Department Store
The Zaccheo Family

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."


A very special thank you to
Greenfield Department of Public Works

Recreation Commission
 Jill Fitzsimmons, Michael Mancini
Francesca Passiglia,
Rick Roy, Barbara Zaccheo

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Greenfield Recreation Department
20 Sanderson Street  Greenfield, MA 01301
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