Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 17th, as the Western Foothills Land Trust kicks off the Norway Winter Carnival week with the 14th Annual Norway Snowshoe Festival!
Featuring a variety of races, engaging activities for all ages, and the first-ever Norway Chili Contest, the festivities will unfold at Roberts Farm Preserve. Recognized in 2012 by the Maine Downtown Center as a uniquely Maine festival, the Snowshoe Festival celebrates Norway’s rich cultural heritage, from its musical arts to traditional crafts like snowshoe making.
The Festival begins with the kids' 2k snowshoe race, followed by adult 5k and 10k snowshoe races. Prizes sponsored by Crescent Moon Snowshoes and Healthy Oxford Hills will be awarded in all three categories for top-placing racers.
Registration for the race is $5 for youth and students, and $20 for adults. Pre-registration is encouraged.
The festival also includes a variety of activities and events for spectators and visitors. The full schedule of events includes:
Throughout the afternoon, there will also be kids' games including the 100-yard dash, pulk-pull, and musical chairs, all on snowshoes! Norway Brewing Company will provide popcorn and cider for all participants. Snowshoes are available to the public all day long at the Roberts Farm Warming Hut. For those who would like to hit the trails during or after the festivities, Nordic ski gear will also be available to rent for free from 10 AM-4 PM.
The 2024 festival sponsors include Norway Brewing Company, WOXO, Crescent Moon Snowshoes, Healthy Oxford Hills, Lights Out Gallery, True North Adventureware, Fiber & Vine, Tru Strength Athletics, The Raven Collections, Handmade Maine, Cafe Nomad, and Kat Larsen Yoga.
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