Winter fun day set for Feb. 29

MACHIAS — A winter outdoor fun day is planned for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Middle River Park and at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce train station, weather permitting. Snow is needed for all the outdoor activities, so March 7 has been set as a snow date.

The event will feature tubing, cardboard sled races, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, outdoor games and more. It is a collaborative effort between the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, University of Maine at Machias and Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce. The events are not just for experienced winter athletes. Students from UMM’s outdoor recreation program will be on hand to provide instruction and assistance for those new on skis or snowshoes. There also will be a bonfire with smores and hot dogs, a warming center inside the train station, as well as hot cocoa and warm cider.

Down East Community Hospital also will be on hand to offer winter safety tips. New this year are cardboard sled races on the Elephant’s Trunk hill in Middle River Park at noon. Winners will receive medals in the following age categories: 0-7, 8-11, 12-16 and the family sled. A special medal will be awarded to the most creative sled. Only cardboard, duct tape and paint can be used for construction. Register your “sled” by calling 255-4402.

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