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Hancock winter festival planned for Saturday

February 10, 2005

HANCOCK - The fourth Hancock Winter Festival will be held Saturday in Widmeyer Park on Main Street.

The event, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, will begin at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies by Mayor Dan Murphy. Volunteers and donors will be acknowledged and the snow sculpture competition will get under way.

At 10:30 a.m., a photo exhibit by Sam Judge and a tea party will be in the Hancock library.

Chili tasting also will begin at 10:30. Chili contest categories are vegetarian, no beans and standard. Call Dave Hott at 301-678-6026 for information.

A silent auction at the Re-Use Center will begin at 11 a.m.

Snow sculpting judging is at noon, along with a hat parade at the Interfaith Service Coalition, a snowball toss at the Hancock Police Department and awarding of prizes for chili bowl winners.

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A community Tug in Snow with Police Chief Don Gossage is planned for 12:30 p.m. The silent auction will close at that time and winners will be announced.

At 1 p.m., the snow sculpture contest prizes will be awarded, along with the People's Choice Award.

Also at 1 p.m., a drawing will be held for a handcrafted Appalachian quilt. Tickets are available at Hepburn Orchards Fruit Market.

There will be Valentine's crafts at the library with Marilyn Pontius at 1:30 p.m.

Music for the day will be provided by the Tri-State Band and Michael Kligerman.

Food will be available at the Hancock Lions Club pavilion.

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