Ellsworth Winter Carnival to feature human ice bowling, fireworks

Posted Feb. 02, 2012, at 7:46 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The city’s annual winter carnival will be held this weekend, albeit with an adjusted slate of activities because of a lack of that crucial winter ingredient: snow.

Organizers were forced to cancel the snowmobile sleigh rides at Woodlawn as well as snowshoe races. Instead, most activities will be held at the Gen. Bryant E. Moore Community Center on State Street.

The popular “cardboard sled races” traditionally held at Woodlawn have been replaced by a “cardboard sled contest” and parade at the Moore school. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and prizes will be awarded for the most creative sled after the 10 a.m. parade.

But the lack of snow will not affect other activities, said Tammy Mote with the city’s Recreation Department.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, competitors will vie for various titles at the Ellsworth ice skating rink located behind the Moore school. Contests include speed skating races, slap shot competitions, an ice sliding distance contest and “human ice bowling,” in which team members slide a teammate seated in a disc toward oversize, homemade pins.

Field games will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, including three-legged races, sack races, snowball target practice, shovel spin relays and saucer races. Indoor games begin at noon.

Fireworks will go off at 6 p.m. Saturday from the Ellsworth High School softball field.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, the city will hold its inaugural Clam Boot Hockey Classic in which four-person teams — wearing boots, not skates — will push a sponge puck around the city ice rink. Teams will compete in youth, high school and adult divisions.

The Grand Theater will present the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Friday through Sunday.

For information about the Ellsworth Winter Carnival, go to www.facebook.com/ellsworthme or www.ellsworthchamber.org/site/.

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