June 01, 2020
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100 turn out for Ellsworth Winter Carnival

ELLSWORTH, Maine — It may not be Washington, D.C., and it may not have the resources to truck in tons of snow like the Olympics in Vancouver, but there was enough of the white stuff Saturday at Woodlawn Museum for organizers to pull off the fourth annual Winter Carnival.

About 100 people showed up at Woodlawn, also known as the Black House, on Saturday morning to take part in cardboard sled competitions and a snowshoe race, and to ice skate on the museum’s small pond or watch dog sled demonstrations. The snow may not have been great, but the weather was, according to a museum of-ficial.

“It’s great,” Joshua Torrance, the museum’s executive director, said of the sunny weather.

“We were trying to find some good snow this morning [for the snowshoe race].”

Organizers were able to find enough snow in the woods behind the historic home to chart a short route along the property’s trails for the snowshoe race, according to carnival attendees.

The sledding competition faced no such obstacles, as the museum’s sloping front lawn was covered with snow almost all the way down to the stone wall that fronts along Route 172. Thirteen children with homemade cardboard sleds took turns sliding down the hill as their families watched to see who could go the farthest. All participants received ribbons and gift certificates to see a movie at The Grand auditorium.

There also was plenty of snow for a circular dog sledding course on the museum grounds. Christina Eagle of Osborn, who gave the dog sledding demonstrations, said she brought extra turf-friendly equipment in case there wasn’t enough snow cover, but that she did not have to use it.

Besides the events at Woodlawn, the carnival included ice sculpture carving on the front steps of Ellsworth City Hall. A fireworks display also was scheduled Saturday evening at Ellsworth High School.

The carnival, which was presented by the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee, was sponsored by approximately two dozen local businesses and organizations.

Torrance credited the good weather with helping to attract people to the carnival’s outdoor events.

“It’s a very good turnout,” he said. “It’s great to see so many people using the property.”

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