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Great Swamp Conservancy will host the Winter Hibernation Festival


CANASTOTA – The Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., is urging area residents to come out of hibernation and enjoy the organization’s annual Winter Hibernation Festival on Saturday, February 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. .

Participants can don winter gear for this outdoor experience for adults, families and children and take part in a tug of war, sled race, snowshoe race, puppet show, story and snow snake demonstration, a guided winter adventure walk with retired biologist May Coffin, ride a horse-drawn sleigh courtesy of Maple Hedge Farm, crawl through a children’s snow tunnel, go cross-country skiing, snowshoe, taste chili, build a bluebird nest box, roast marshmallows, enter a snowman and snow sculpting contest, sled down Observation Hill and play winter games in the snow like tic-tac-toe, throwing snowflakes.

Orders for hot dogs and burgers will be taken at the back entrance of the Lady Bug Café events building. Hot chocolate will be available as well as a chilli tasting and sale outside under the museum overhangs.

The snowman and snow sculpture contest will take place behind the events building and there will be an information table for registrations. Enter as a family or as an individual. Props may be used but must be collected after 2:00 p.m. The first place winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Participants can build anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The snowshoe race is for ages 15 and up and meets at the kiosk near the observation hill at noon. The race coordinator will give instructions and reward first place winners. This race is no longer than 1/4 mile for ages 15 and up. The Winter Animal Puppet Show at 12:30 p.m. will be on stage in the rear events building performed by guitarist Ann Weider.

Admission is $2 for children 12 and under and $4 for adults. The use of skis and snowshoes is included in the entries. Sleigh rides cost $1 per person. Dress warmly, connect with nature, and support GSC conservation efforts.

For more information, call 315-697-2950 or email greatswampconservancy@gmail.com