Annual carnival to bring winter fun to village

Greg Klein | The Cooperstown CrierThe Hill City Snow Queen and her friend, Anna, prepare to take their turn riding an inflatable duck at the at Lakefront Park during the 2018 Cooperstown Winter Carnival.

The 53rd annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival will bring the Roaring ’20s into the village, Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 8. 

According to the carnival’s media release, some events could be canceled because of weather, including a lack of snow and ice.  However, many events are not dependent on the weather, and most events are scheduled to take place as planned. 

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Park. 

The 48th Annual Bob Smullens 5k/10k Run will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. and an 11:30 a.m. race start Saturday in Cooper Park.

Cooley’s Stone House Tavern will host a Roaring ’20s costume contest all day Friday at 49 Pioneer St. Prizes will be awarded.

There will be several family events Saturday. Roaring Family Fun will be from noon to 3 p.m. at Pioneer Park and Lakefront Park. The movie, “Abominable,” will be shown at 6 p.m. at The Clark Sport Center at 124 County Route 52 in the town of Middlefield. 

The Fenimore Quilt Show will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Cooperstown Art Association at 22 Main St.

In addition, local businesses will do trunk show pop-ups, including at Kate’s Upstate, Tin Bin Alley and All About the Girls.  

Brewery Ommegang, at 656 County Route 33 in the town of Middlefield, will host several events this year, including the popular lip sync competition at 6 p.m. Friday and Waffles, Sledding and Bingo at 11 a.m. Sunday.  

The carnival will conclude with closing ceremonies and a Mac and Cheese Contest from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Upstate Bar & Grill at 5418 State Route 28 in the town of Otsego.

The charity event, Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause, will end the weekend from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market at 101 Main St. Proceeds will benefit Otsego 2000’s Environmental Stewardship Program. Space is limited; purchase tickets online, at the Cooperstown Farmers Market or at Otsego 2000 Office. Contact Josie Maroney at 607-547-6195 or for more information. 

There will also be local bands, kids’ activities and competitions at The Clark Sports Center, and drink and meal specials at local establishments. Go to for more information. 

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