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February 10, 2012

Our Opinion: Enjoy the carnival

It does not look like there will be much snow, if any at all for this year’s Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Although many events are weather-dependent, that will not spoil all the festivities. As far as getting out your hats and mittens, you might want to dig them out. At least it does not look like the weather will be as abnormally warm as it has been so far this winter.

Forcasters are anticipating various temperatures throughout the three-day event. Friday is expected to be in the mid 30s while Saturday is supposed to drop down into the teens. And although the sun should be out Sunday, the temp is predicted to be in the 20s. Saturday and Sunday may just be the two of the coldest days in a row that we have had so far. But warmer temperatures are predated to come back in the week to follow.

The carnival, which will take on a pre-Lent party theme, will kick off Friday. The fun will continue through the weekend, and as the weekend approaches, we find ourselves looking forward to the events, new and old. A plethora of events are scheduled for young and old alike.

According the carnival website, The Cooperstown Winter Carnival began in 1967 with the intention of offering a variety of activities for residents and tourists to Cooperstown during the early winter month of February. The event brings people out into the cold and gives them a reason to celebrate with their friends, neighbors and visitors. Each year there are new and exciting events, while bringing the same traditions back that people have come to expect.

We’ve said it before in this space the Thursday before the Winter Carnival, and we’ll say it again this year: Get involved. Pick an event or two and have some family-fun.

On Saturday at 11 a.m. a parade will be held on Main Street. Then the activities start in earnest, with everything from bowling and road races to eating contests, the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival, dog shows, dances, live music and drink contests.

The annual event provides a great chance for people to get outside and see one another during the winter months. For a complete schedule of the weekend’s events, visit www.cooperstowncarnival.org.

Also, special thanks go out to all the sponsors that make the event possible. The event could not be such a success for 45 years if it were not for sponsors, and of course the hard work of the carnival committee members.

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