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February 14, 2013

Weather doesn't scare carnival goers away

The Cooperstown Winter Carnival has become a tradition and a way to shake off the winter blues, and for most, Old Man Winter could not spoil the fun this year.   

Event Co-chairwoman Teresa Leveille called the snowstorm that rolled in Friday as the three-day event was getting started both a blessing and a curse. She said some vendors did back out and attendance might have been slightly down the first couple of days. 

Because there was little snow last year, activities such as sledding and ice skating had to be canceled. That was not the case this year. 

“We had a lot of people last year that missed those outdoor activities, so it is good that we are able to make those things happen this year,” Leveille said Saturday in between activities.

According to Leveille, attendance was a little thin at Friday night’s happenings, but despite temperatures in the teens on Saturday, she felt there was a good crowd the second day. 

“I think the dog show was a good testament that people still came out despite the cold,” she said. “We had a pretty good turnout for the parade too. There was not as much (participation) as last year, but it was good.”

The sun did come out bringing warmer weather on the final day, with temperatures reaching in the upper 20s.   

“The sled races were amazing and the day was heavenly,’” said Leveille. She said the event included competitors of all ages ranging from 6 to 60 years old. Another well-attended event on Sunday was the chili contest, according to Leveille. Brewery Ommegang won top honors at the contest that was held at the Back Alley Grille.   

Leveille said although not as many people came out during the brisk weather, those who did get out showed commitment to the events they attended. 

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