Cookie decorating, skiing, dog sled races and more at Colton Winterfest
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Third and fourth grade students in the Art Club at Colton-Pierrepont Central School are developing a mural under the guidance of art teacher Krystal Stowe for Art Around Town to be displayed during the Town of Colton’s annual Winterfest Weekend on January 25-27. Photo by Krystal Stowe.

COLTON -- The 2013 Colton Winterfest is just around the corner, with highlights to include foot and bed races, skiing, dog sled races and sleigh rides, snowshoeing and cookie decorating.

While the Winterfest technically begins Friday, Jan. 25 with an art tour and concert, the festival will really get underway Saturday with a 10 mile foot race, the quilt show, snowshoeing and skiing, “family day” at Highley Flow State Park, bed races and cookie decorating.

The quilt show, snowshoeing and skiing will continue Sunday, along with the Higley Hustle Cross-Country Ski Race, dog sled rides and sleigh rides.

Earlier events include an art display made up of murals around town, including at Hepburn Library and the Swift Field Pavillion, and the stained glass at Mason’s High Falls Lodge, which begins Friday. The artistically inclined may also want to attend the Winterfest Concert planned at Colton-Pierrepont Central School auditorium.

A detailed schedule is posted on the town’s website,, under “events schedule.” A map showing venue locations will be available at major town locations during Winterfest weekend.

A full schedule follows:

Throughout the weekend:

• Art Around Town – murals at the library, 84 Main St., Swift Field Pavilion; stained glass at Mason’s High Falls Lodge, 85 Main St.; Colton-Pierrepont Central School Art Club, grades 3 – 6.

Friday, Jan. 25:

• Winterfest Concert, 7 p.m., Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan, adults $5, students $3, free under five, Colton-Pierrepont auditorium, 4921 St. Hwy. 56; student art on display at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26:

• Pancake breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m., $6.50 or $6 for seniors, Mason’s High Falls Lodge, 85 Main St.; 10 Mile Foot Race, registration 7 a.m., race 9 a.m., $35 with technical long sleeve shirt, $12 without shirt, starts at Colton-Pierrepont; health fair, Colton-Pierrepont School gym, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., area vendors, T-shirts for sale, school gym; story hour, 10 to 11 a.m., Hepburn Library; silent auction, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., supports Neighborhood Center, 3 Falls Antiques, 3912 St. Hwy. 56, winners announced Sunday 4 p.m.; Quilt show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Hepburn library, town hall, 94 Main St., Zion Episcopal Church, 9 Main St., Catamount Lodge, 2092 St. Hwy 56; snowshowing and cross-country skiing, 10 a.m. to dusk Sat. and Sun., Catamount forest trails, 2092 St. Hwy. 56; “Family day” at Highley Flow State Park, 442 Cold Brook Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ski, snowshoe, refreshments; lunch at school, homemade chili and chili dogs, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $3.50 for chili, $2 for chili dog, school snack bar; cookie decorating, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., outside school gym; bed races, noon registration, 1 p.m. start, $5 per person, 5 people per team, Amvets post 262, 5082 St. Hwy. 56; all you can eat spaghetti dinner, 4 to 7 p.m., $7, $3 under 4, school cafeteria.

Sunday, Jan. 27:

• Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, $5 for adults, $3 for children, school cafeteria; Higley Hustle Cross Country Ski Races, 10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. (registration 1.5 hours before race), $15 per race, $20 for all races, 45 for kid’s race at noon; dog sled rides, noon to 3 p.m., $25 for one mile ride, $15 for .3 mile, Call of the Wild, 3019 St. Hwy 56; sleigh rides, noon to 4 p.m., $2, St. Lawrence County Forest Land off Lenney Road, just past cemetery; ice skating, 1 to 5 p.m., free, refreshments available, Swift Field pavillion; hoop shoot/foul shooting contest, 1 p.m., registration at 12:30 p.m., awards from Mike’s Trophies, for kid grades 1 – 12, at school.