January 28, 2010
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont is hosting a variety of fun events and festivals in February, ranging from winter carnivals to dog sledding races to ski competitions. For a comprehensive listing of upcoming events, visit www.VermontVacation.com.
Barre’s Blizzard Blast
Barre Town – Feb. 5-6, 2010
Barre’s winter carnival includes a variety of exciting outdoor activities at Millstone Trails. Enjoy sledding, demos, skating, a sugar-on-snow party, snow sculpture competition and more. All events originate from The Lodge at Millstone Hill, 59 Little John Road, Websterville. Friday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://millstonetrails.com.
Rutland Winter Fest
Rutland – Feb. 6, 2010
Rutland hosts its 8th Annual Winter Fest. This event is free and offers activities for the whole family, including snowshoeing demonstrations, snow carving, obstacle course, story walk and snow maze. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Giorgetti Park. For more information, visit www.rutlandvermont.com.
Okemo Valley Winter Carnival
Ludlow – Feb. 5-7, 2010
Enjoy all there is about winter at the town’s annual winter carnival, featuring snow sculptures, a parade, bonfire, fireworks and more. Various locations. For more information, visit www.okemovalleyvt.org.
Winter Carnival Shebang
Manchester – Feb. 10-14, 2010
The Winter Carnival Shebang will take place in Manchester and surrounding communities. Events include fireworks, dog sledding, the 18th Annual Chili and Macaroni and Cheese Challenge, bonfire, Equinox snowshoe hike, and more. For more information, visit www.manchesterrec.com.
Chester Winter Carnival
Chester – Feb. 12-14, 2010
Celebrate winter at the Chester Winter Carnival, featuring sled races, snowshoe softball, snow sculpture contest, food, broom hockey tournament, antique show, Valentine’s Day dance and more. The event kicks off Friday evening with a bonfire and ice skating party at Cobleigh Field at 7 p.m. Events Saturday and Sunday begin with a breakfast at 8 a.m. Various locations. For more information, visit www.chester.govoffice.com.
F-F-Frozen Chosen Regatta
North Hero – Feb. 13, 2010
Head up to the Champlain Islands for day on the frozen Lake Champlain. Winter bikes and other non-motorized, non-sailed contraptions race around Lake Champlain at this event, which is part of the Great Ice in Grand Isle winter carnival. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Route 2. For more information, visit www.champlainislands.com.
The Igloo Build
Norwich – Feb. 13, 2010
This is one of the longest-running traditions at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. For many years, Dr. Norbert Yankielun has shared his experiences as a scientist and explorer, and instructs museum visitors on how to build an igloo with a demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Igloo-building takes place until 2 p.m. One Montshire Road. For more information, visit www.montshire.org.
Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition
Brattleboro – Feb. 13-14, 2010
See top ski jumpers from the United States and Europe compete at the 86th Harris Hill Ski Jumping competition on a rebuilt 90-meter jump. Spectators can watch the ski jumpers up close as they soar more than 300 feet at speeds of 60 mph before they land. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cedar Street. For details, visit www.harrishillskijump.org.
February Sleigh Ride Week
Woodstock – Feb. 13-21, 2010
Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides through frosty farm fields. Visit a working dairy farm and restored farmhouse with programs and hands-on activities. Route 12 and River Road. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.billingsfarm.org.
Island Pond Winter Carnival
Island Pond – Feb. 19-21, 2010
Celebrate winter in the Northeast Kingdom during this weekend event that kicks off Friday with a snow sculpture competition, followed by ice skating, a bon fire and other activities. Over the weekend, enjoy a broomball tournament, snowshoe hike, snowmobile parade of lights, cardboard sled racing and more. Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to noon. The Snowmobile Parade of Lights on Saturday at 7 p.m. Island Pond Welcome Center, Center and Birch Street. For more information, visit www.islandpondchamber.org.
Kitestorm Snowkiting Festival
Milton – Feb. 20-21, 2010
Snowkiting is a relatively new outdoor sport. The premise is simple: you strap into a big, maneuverable kite and harness the power of the wind to cruise across the snow and ice on skis or a snowboard. Kitestorm takes place at Sandbar State Park in Milton along the snow-covered ice of Lake Champlain. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.stormboarding.com.
Middlebury Winter Carnival and Chili Contest
Middlebury – Feb. 27, 2010
Enjoy free chili, free public skating, snowshoe races, dog sled demos and the Pro/Am chili contest. Last year, 29 vendors served more than 50 different kinds of chili that was judged in seven different categories by the 1,500 people in attendance. Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to register for the contest. 2 p.m. Main Street and Merchant Row. For more information, visit www.addisoncounty.com.
Harriman Reservoir Ice Fishing Derby
Wilmington – Feb. 27-28, 2010
Sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Sportmen’s Club, Inc., the 26th annual fishing derby offers an assortment of prizes for adults and kids. Derby starts on 7 a.m. Saturday and ends at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.dvscvt.com/derby.html.
Art in the Snow, Brandon Open Studio Weekend
Brandon – Feb. 27-28, 2010
Art is elegant, quirky, practical and whimsical at “Art in the Snow” in Brandon, a town that comes together in support of the growing and active arts community that Warren Kimble calls home. More than 20 artist studios and galleries in town offer variety to suit every taste or budget – folk and fabric artists; potters and painters; sculptors, jewelers and more. The event will also be held March 27-28. Various locations. For more information, visit www.artinthesnow.com.
Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash
East Burke – Feb. 27-28, 2010
The Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash is a family-oriented event for pet enthusiasts. Come see some of the world's most competitive sprint racing teams compete against each other in the spectacular setting of the Green Mountains. Enjoy food, children’s games, activities and more. Burke Mountain. Races between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.sleddogdash.com.
Stowe – Feb. 28, 2010
Ski with family, friends and co-workers at the Stowe Derby. The race takes place on an exhilarating 16 km course, from the top of Mount Mansfield, all the way down to the center of Stowe. The race begins on the challenging 6 km Toll Road before meeting up with Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge existing cross-country trails. For more information, visit www.teammmsc.org/StoweDerby.asp.
Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: January 28, 2010 16:18:34