Warm temps, rain wash away plans for Ellsworth Winter Carnival, but some events still on

Mikayla Fishburn, 8, of Mariaville spins into empty water-cooler bottles set up as bowling pins during the Human Bowling event at the 2011 Ellsworth Winter Carnival. Children's events for the 2013 carnival have been postponed.
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Mikayla Fishburn, 8, of Mariaville spins into empty water-cooler bottles set up as bowling pins during the Human Bowling event at the 2011 Ellsworth Winter Carnival. Children's events for the 2013 carnival have been postponed.
By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Thursday’s rain and unseasonably warm temperature left most of Ellsworth looking like the snow had never come at all.

Good news for some, but bad news for the 7th annual Winter Carnival, which had been scheduled for this weekend. The town’s Recreation Commission decided Thursday evening to postpone the majority of children’s events to a date unknown, when there’s more snow and more reliable ice.

Organizers had planned to relocate activities if the snow wasn’t good enough, but didn’t expect near 50-degree weather, which decimated the ice rink at Knowlton Park.

“Last night there was five inches of water flowing over the edge on one side,” said Councilor Gary Fortier, a commission member. “Almost the whole thing was under water.”

Not all events are cancelled, though. Dawn Hudson, the carnival’s lead organizer, said the Banff Mountain Ski Film Festival is still on through Sunday evening at The Grand.

Saturday’s children’s events are a no-go, but a hearty breakfast will still be served for $5 — kids eat free — from 7 to 10 a.m. at Lygonia Lodge on Bucksport Road. And residents can still marvel at the fireworks display, set to launch at 6 p.m. from the Ellsworth High School.

Fortier said low temperatures expected Friday and Saturday should give Ellsworth the ice it needs by Sunday, just in time for the Clam Boot Hockey Classic, a co-ed ice hockey tournament scheduled to go on as planned at 9 a.m. at the ice rink in Knowlton Park.

As for the kid’s activities — the sled race, the human bowling and more — Fortier and Hudson said the commission hopes to reschedule sooner rather than later.

“If the weather gods are with us, we’ve committed to doing a winter fun day as soon as we get the snow we need,” Fortier said.

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