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December 27, 2012

Popular contests return to 2013 Winter Carnival

This February, the 47th annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival will offer fun for the whole family, and some tasty food and beverages sure to warm up the winter.

Anyone familiar with Winter Carnival knows the role food plays in the annual festival, held this year Feb. 8 through 10. From pancake breakfasts at the Vets’ Club, to Soup r’ Chili luncheons at the First Baptist Church, the tastes and treats are designed to appeal to a variety of appetites, according to a media release from the Winter Carnival committee.

The Carnival’s annual food contests return also this year, and the Winter Carnival Committee encourages local restaurants and the general public to participate.

Head down to the Vets’ Club on Saturday afternoon and sample and vote for the best wings in Cooperstown at the “Sergeant Pepper’s” Chicken Wing Contest from 2 to 4 p.m.. The contest is open to restaurants and there is a minimal fee for tasting. Call Teresa Mae Leveille at 544-4012 for more information or to register.

The “Sticky Fingers” Dessert Lovers Festival will kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday in the heated Farmers’ Market building in Pioneer Alley. All are invited to sample a variety of dessert goodies. Email the Winter Carnival Committee at for more information and details on entering your own homemade treats, or visit for entry forms. All entries must include at least 100 samples.

Categories include individual adult, individual youth, restaurant, and audience choice. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place in each category. There is a minimal fee for tasting.

And don’t forget the “Beefeaters” Chili Contest and Carnival Closer, held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Cooperstown Back Alley Grill. Vote for your favorite restaurant and individual chili entries. There is a minimal fee to sample. Email the committee at or visit for more information.

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