Oswego County Winter Carnival Changes Name and Location

PULASKI – The Oswego County Winter Carnival is now called the Eastern Lake Ontario Winter Carnival and will move from Sandy Pond to the village of Pulaski this year. The third annual event runs from Friday, January 31 to Sunday, February 2.

“With the closing of the Sandy Pond Steakhouse, it just makes sense to move the event,” said Shawn Doyle, one of the event coordinators. “We want to highlight our local businesses and not-for-profits. This gives us a great opportunity to all work together.”

The festival kicks off on Friday, January 31 with a variety of events. The American Legion on Maple Ave. hosts a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by Country Girl Karaoke with Teresa Ward from 8 p.m. to midnight. Ma Barker’s Tavern on US Rte. 11 hosts a DJ from 9 p.m. to close and 11 North Bar & Grill on US Rte. 11 features DJ Joe Battles at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, February 1, several events around the village provide entertainment for all. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Pulaski Public Library on Jefferson St. hosts an open house with the theme, “Bring the Kids to the Library Day.”  Later, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the library welcomes families to enjoy The Caine Magic Show. Refreshments will be available.

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center on Jefferson St. offers a writing class at 10 a.m., followed by the Tug Hill Players in the afternoon. Cocoa and snacks will be offered to visitors at the arts center in the heart of downtown.

The Pulaski Masons hold a chicken barbeque in the south park from 10 a.m. until they are sold out. People can take their dinners next door to the historic Masonic Temple Hall on Broad St. and enjoy complimentary hot coffee and cocoa while they enjoy their meal. Dinners are $8 and include potatoes, salad and baked beans. People can also enjoy historic displays at the Hall from 10 a.m. through mid-afternoon.

The Pulaski Historical Society on Maple Ave. opens for afternoon tours on Saturday, with free cocoa and coffee available. Stop in to see the changing exhibits and research material.

LD’s Ale House on Jefferson St. presents the John Glenn Band from 2 to 6 p.m., followed by DJ Slick Rick from 9 p.m. to close. 11 North Bar & Grill on US Rte, 11 welcomes the band Hellfish from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. while Ma Barker’s Tavern on US Rte. 11 hosts karaoke.

The fun continues on Sunday, February 2 with a chili-wing walk featuring several local restaurants and not-for-profits. People can pick up a $5 walk card which allows them two wings and a cup of chili at participating locations. They are asked to rate each sample before turning their cards in at the end of the walk to be counted. The winner will be awarded a commemorative plaque and host a traveling trophy for one year.

Participating locations include: Ponderosa, NYS Rte. 13; LD’s Ale House, Jefferson St.; Pulaski Masonic Temple, Broad St.; The End Zone, Maple Ave.; American Legion, Maple Ave.; Ma Barker’s Tavern, US Rte. 11; and 11 North Bar & Grill, US Rte. 11. Proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration of the historic Pulaski Masonic Temple.

Preservation and Revitalization of Pulaski (PROP) and the Dragon Garden Restaurant on Jefferson St. present a 5K snowshoe race at the John Ben Snow Community Center & John S. Haldane Memorial Arena, Maple Ave. Extension, at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Early registration by January 28 is $15. Checks can be made payable to PROP and mailed to: PROP, 85 Lake St., Pulaski, N.Y. 13142. Race day registration is $20 and opens at 11 a.m. Snowshoes rentals will be available for $5 and prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third places winners. Goodie bags will be given to the first 100 registrants. The event also includes a children’s mile-long fun run and a door prize drawing at 1 p.m.

Step inside the center arena to cheer on the Salmon River Hockey Association as they host a day-long tournament starting at 8:30 a.m.

Across the river, dog sled rides will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dunbar Field on Lewis St. Donations will be accepted.

Doyle said, “The dog sled rides were a popular feature of the festival while at the pond and we hope to keep that tradition alive this year. Unfortunately, we couldn’t offer the polar bear plunge because we cannot find insurance that will allow it to take place in the river; however, we will try to have something in place for next year’s carnival.”

Free hot chocolate will be provided with the purchase of a $5 insulated festival travel mug to encourage families to come out and join the fun. Thanks to the donation of hot cocoa mix and packets, the mug can be refilled for free at all participating businesses and not-for-profits around the village throughout the entire weekend. Proceeds from mug sales will support the cost of the festival.

The carnival is sponsored by PROP with a joint effort from the Greater Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

For up-to-date information throughout the weekend, visit the Masonic Lodge on Broad St. or call Shawn Doyle at 315-532-5919.