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February 10, 2014

Winter Carnival provides local fun

Meghan McCaffrey Contributing Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The Cooperstown Winter Carnival has become an annual affair for locals to get outside and enjoy the fun that winter’s chill has to offer.

This past weekend was, “Chilly, but it’s supposed to be during the winter,” said Caroline Geertgens of Cooperstown.

Her daughter, Elianna, 10, and her husband, Paul Geertgens, ran the Bob Smullens 5K race.

Elianna said the race was her favorite part of the weekend events.

“I don’t think I could run a 5K without my dad,” she said.

The male and female winners of the 5K Run were Brian Waters with a time of 17:36 and Emma Spinosa in 22:47. The 10K winners were Josh Edmonds in 32:54 and Andrea Loewendorf in 47:05.

For Caroline Geertgens, her favorite part was the “Cool Runnings” sled races on Sunday morning.

“The sledding was more of a family thing,” Caroline Geertgens said. “We all participated, my other children and her grandparents too.”

Teresa Leveille, co-chair of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival committee, is also a big enthusiast of the sled races as well.

“The sled races are the best event in my opinion,” Leveille said. “It’s always a spectacular event and the kids love it.”

“I would travel from around the world to go to this event,” she continued.

According to the organizers of the event, 40 people participated in the sled races in Lake Front Park this year. This is a striking increase from last year when there were only 10 participants.

This year’s Winter Carnival was a success, Leveille said.

“I think it went very well,” said Sarah Korsch, co-chair of the event. “A lot of people came out to enjoy the events.”

The winner of the “Elixir of the Gods” Drink Contest for both the Judge’s Choice and Audience Favorite awards was the Cooperstown Distillery.

The winner of the Nancy Kerrigan Chili Contest for the Best Individual was Jeff Lalune and for the Best Business was Council Rock.

The winner of the Tanya Harding Chicken Wing Contest for the Best Business was Cooley’s.

The winner of the Coloring Contest for ages 0 to 3 was Katelyn Macias. The winner for ages 4 to 7 was Emily Doi, and for ages 8 to 12 was Maleah Brockington.

The winners of the coveted Medallion Hunt were Mike and Michelle Gage. The medallion was found Sunday morning at 3-mile-point, Korsch said.

Raffle prizes were also awarded, including a figure skating bear from Dot’s Creations to Remi Misiewicz. She also won a gift certificate to the Hawkeye Grill. Judith Barton won a Winter Carnival Fleece. Maureen Parsons won a gift certificate to Alex and Ika. Randy Reckeweg won one free month of unlimited Cross Fit and Carol Walker won the $300 cash prize.

In closing, Leveille and Korsch thanked the local businesses for their support.

“I really want to thank the Cooperstown community,” Leveille said. “We have really great businesses. We want to make sure February is as delightful as June.”