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Hancock dreaming of a white Winter Festival

January 13, 2011

HANCOCK — No matter the weather between now and Saturday, Feb. 12, the Hancock Winter Festival will have snow.

Sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the winter festival will be getting a donation of snow from Whitetail Resort near Mercersburg, Pa. That will allow the annual snow sculpture contest to be held regardless of conditions, Chairman Sinclair Hamilton said.

Those planning to take part in the snow sculpture contest are advised to bring buckets, shovels and any other tools they deem necessary to compete.

The festival will be held in Widmeyer Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is free. There will be a straw bale maze for children, and anyone who gets too cold can warm themselves by a bonfire.

Local musicians will be performing during the festival, and hot food and beverages will be on sale.

The annual Hat Contest will give visitors the opportunity to express their creativity and win prizes in different categories. Over the years, the contest has attracted increasingly creative headgear, and visitors are encouraged to bring their millinery masterpieces.

Arts Council member Tracy Salvagno will be at War Memorial Library to help contestants design and decorate hats.

There will be a cake walk in which participants can pay $1 for a chance to win baked goods.

“We’ve had excellent participation in the past, and we hope the same holds true this year,” Hamilton said. “One of the goals of the Arts Council is to showcase local talent. The Winter Festival offers visitors and community members a way to display their artistic abilities in innovative and unconventional ways, such as through snow sculptures.”

Proceeds from the festival will help the Arts Council produce future cultural and community programs in the town.

Over the years, the festival has drawn visitors from the four-state region and Washington, D.C.,  Hamilton said.

For more information, or to reach the Hancock Arts Council, e-mail Sinclair Hamilton at, or call 301-678-5719.

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