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Town's winter festival slated for Saturday

February 09, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK - Snow or no snow.

Either way, the fifth Hancock Winter Festival will get under way Saturday at Widmeyer Park.

Last year, there was no snow, so the Hancock Arts Council organizers were all ready with sand for the sculpting activities.

"We're going to hope for the best this year as far as the weather is concerned," said Sinclair Hamilton, one of those organizers.

Initially, there were some efforts to get a generator to power a snow-making machine for this weekend, but that didn't work out.

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Sand again will be available should the weather not cooperate for Saturday's event.

The opening ceremony with Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy will be at 10 a.m.

Sculpting and ice carving begins at 10:30 a.m. Those participating in the snow or sand sculpting contest must bring their own tools and supplies.

A photo exhibit by Sam Judge and a tea party will take place in War Memorial Library, where children will be able to do crafts. There also will be a decorative Valentine cake contest.

A silent auction begins at 11 a.m., there will be a cake walk at 11:30 a.m.

Snow or sand sculpting judging begins at noon, along with a hat parade sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition, games and straw structures.

There will be a community "tug in sand" at 12:30 p.m. The silent auction closes and the winners of the sculpture contest will be announced. Prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., Valentine crafts will be held at the library with Marilyn Pontius.

Throughout the day, there will be funnel cakes and food at the Lions Club pavilion.

The closing ceremony will feature music by the Tri-State Band and Michael Kligerman.

In addition to the Lions, the festival was made possible by the Presbyterian Women; Hepburn Orchards and Fruit Market; Re-Use Center; Interfaith Service Coalition; Marilyn Pontius, librarian; Dave Smith, town manager; Tri-State Band; Michael Kligerman; Senior Center; Hancock Chamber of Commerce; The Knife Corner; and Dave Hott, construction.

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