This year’s theme is Winter Olympics for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival carnival, which will take place from today through Sunday.
“We are really excited about the theme. We’re hoping that the enthusiasm for the Olympics carries over to our event,” said Sarah Korsch, co-chairwoman of the event.
The 13th annual “Brian Boitano” Carnival Fireworks Display will kick off this year’s event tonight at 6:30 at Lakefront Park. The fireworks will be followed by a drink-tasting contest, the “Elixir of the Gods” Carnival Cooler and Drink Contest from 7 to 11 p.m. at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St. There is a $5 entrance fee that includes drink samples. The event is for people 21 and over.
Local bars will create drinks related to the theme; there will also be food and a photo booth, Korsch said.
Participants can also view the actual opening ceremony of the Olympics, which will be shown at Templeton Hall on Friday night.
“So people can watch the ceremony while they dance and drink,” Korsch said.
The events on Saturday and Sunday begin with the Cooperstown Lions Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Club on Main Street. The event is sponsored by the Cooperstown Lions Club and served by the Leo Club.
“It’s usually a pretty popular event. The pancakes are delicious and they use real New York maple syrup,” Korsch said.
The “Olympiad” parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday on Main Street and will conclude at the Doubleday Field Parking Lot where the “Olympic Village” will be open until 4 p.m. The “Paws-Abilities” SPCA dog show will take place at noon. There will also be a bounce house, a chili contest, games and music.
There will be tubing at Glimmerglass State Park on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park on Rt. 31. Admission is $5 per person; children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.