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BRASHER FALLS - The Tri-Town Winter Carnival, which is scheduled for Feb. 15-17, will appeal to all ages with its activities, according to Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce President Allen W. Fukes. He said they’ll have activities ranging from a magician and parade, to snowmobile poker run and entertainment at local establishments. This year’s theme is, “It’s a jungle out there.”

The activities begin the evening of Feb. 15 with an opening dinner at the Riverview Bar & Restaurant.

“It’s a sit-down dinner. We have a cocktail hour to start at 6 and dinner at 7,” Mr. Fukes said.

The evening will also feature entertainment by Potsdam magician Rich Tenance.

“Our entertainment will be there probably around 7:30. He’s going to be our weekend entertainment for the opening ceremonies and also at the Kid’s Zone on Saturday,” Mr. Fukes said.

The American Legion will also be holding a spaghetti feed from 4-8 p.m. that day.

Fireworks will light the winter sky beginning at 9 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Central School bus garage following the opening ceremonies.

Feb. 16 events begin early in the morning, with an 8:30 a.m. snowshoe cross-country ski run on Vice Road.

Snowmobile drag races will also be held, weather permitting in Helena. Registration runs from 8 to 1 a.m., and the races start at 11 a.m.

Mr. Fukes said those are contingent on having enough ice on the river.

Everything can go on except the drag races. They have to be held on ice. There is ice, but right now it’s a little choppy,” he said.

No matter what the weather though, the annual Winter Carnival Parade will be held, starting at 11 a.m. at Munson’s in Brasher and ending in Winthrop about an hour later.

A volleyball tournament will be held at the Pit Stop in Winthrop, with sign-ups at 12:30 p.m. and the tournament kicking off at 1 p.m.

Other afternoon events include the Kid’s Zone from 1-5 p.m. at St. Lawrence Central Elementary School, Mr. Tenance will be on hand to perform some more magic, and the evening also includes a kid’s craft fair and a family swim. The swim runs from 4-5 p.m.

A craft fair sponsored by the Quad Town Lions Club will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion in Winthrop and also at Crapser Hall in downtown Brasher Falls. A cake auction takes place at 3 p.m.

The St. Lawrence Central Spanish Club will also hold a Talent Show from 6-8 p.m. at the elementary school.

“Anybody can enter,” Mr. Fukes said.

Live entertainment will be held that evening at the Pit Stop in Winthrop and the Riverview Bar & Grill.

A snowmobile poker runs kicks things off on Feb. 17. That runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pit Stop in Winthrop.

Sign-up for a kickball tournament in North Lawrence begins at 11 a.m., with the first kick at noon. That’s followed by a tug of war, bed races and wheel barrel races, also in North Lawrence, with sign-up at 12 p.m. and the races beginning at 1 p.m.

A dinner, closing ceremony and Chinese raffle round out the weekend at 6 p.m. at the Pit Stop in Winthrop.

A Winter Carnival button will get individuals into the events. The buttons are $2 each and can be purchased from any Tri-Town Winter Carnival Committee member and most of the businesses throughout Brasher, Winthrop and North Lawrence.

“They must have a button to go to any of the events,” Mr. Fukes said.

Booklets will also be available about 10 days before the carnival. They can be picked up at businesses in any of the three towns, he said.

Since this is the 40th anniversary of the Tri-Town Winter Carnival, Mr. Fukes said they’ll also have for sale hooded sweatshirts, regular sweatshirts and Henley shirts, a polo shirt without the collar.

“They will have the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce logo on the front and a picture of the 40th annual Winter Carnival button on the back,” he said.

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