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Kent Winter Festival Attracts All But Snow

Despite a lack of snow, residents turned out in force to enjoy hikes and games during the Kent annual Winter Festival over the weekend.
Despite a lack of snow, residents turned out in force to enjoy hikes and games during the Kent annual Winter Festival over the weekend. Photo Credit: Carmel-Kent Chamber of Commerce

KENT, N.Y. -- Temperatures in the mid-50s and a lack of snow didn't prevent residents from having a great time during the annual Kent 2016 Winter Festival on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Sponsored by the Carmel-Kent Chamber of Commerce, officials said residents packed the skating rink until the ice succumbed to the unexpected warmth and turned to slush. Still, thanks to the Kent Recreation Department, there were many family-friendly enjoyed throughout the event, said Kent Town Supervisor Maureen Fleming.

“I have been walking around with a smile all day,” said Fleming, who was concerned that the good weather might prove to be a deterrent to residents looking for typical winter weather activities such as the tobogganing and the building of snowmen that took place at the event in 2015. 

The Kent Public Library hosted a variety of flavorful events which attracted children of all ages to play chocolate bingo, to make chocolate crafts and edible dirt cups and to watch the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” 

In addition, numerous adults and families who took part in a nature walk sponsored by the Kent Conservation Advisory Committee where hikers enjoyed identifying trees and mosses, and were able to look closely at the natural world by using magnifiers supplied by the KCAC. 

While Kent Justice Court was not officially in session, the courtroom was filled with young and old playing Family Bingo and Movie Trivia. And strategic planning by Kent Recreation Director Louis Fernandez had townsfolk enjoying themselves both indoors and outdoors where hikes, scavenger hunts, birds of prey demonstrations and obstacle courses took place. 

Special guests throughout the day included the Nimham Mountain Singers, a visit by Radar, the Kent Police K9 dog and members of the Lake Carmel Volunteer Fire Department who kept careful watch over the bonfire. 

Next up on the Kent Recreation and Parks Department calendar is the Annual Egg Hunt which will be held on Saturday, March 19, at noon at the George Fischer Middle School. Residents are invited to bring their toddler though fourth graders to attend the free event. 

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