PULASKI – With an icicle dip, chili walk, ice fishing, snowshoe run, and sled dog competitions, Oswego County’s northern communities will celebrate winter’s rugged beauty in a flurry of activities the weekend of Feb. 6, 7 and 8.
The public is welcome to join in.
Salmon River Winter Festival
The village of Pulaski hosts a three-day Salmon River Winter Festival with a full slate of activities.
The event kicks off Friday with a community night at the Kallet Theater.
Local music legend Steve Woolson and Friends, featuring Charlie Tanguma, performs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Mike Faulkner’s Homer and the Finns will perform from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Admission is $2 per person with proceeds benefiting the Pulaski school district student groups.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, Selkirk Shores State Park hosts a 5k snowshoe run and 3 or 5k walk starting at 9 a.m.
The event features a thrilling hiking course over mixed rolling and flat terrain, through hardwood and hemlock forests, creek-side habitats and majestic bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario.
Walkers will start five minutes after runners.
The event wraps up with a bonfire and cocoa, coffee and prizes at the historic park pavilion.
Registration is $10 per person in advance and $15 on race day.
There is no fee for children under age 12.
Snowshoe rentals are available at the park.
Register for the event online at www.runreg.com/Selkirk-shores-5k.
Hardy souls are challenged to take an “icicle dip” in the Salmon River at 1 p.m.
The event takes place in the river access area off the Maple Avenue parking lot, at the end of the fence line, behind the End Zone Sports Bar.
Teams are encouraged.
Register before 10 a.m. at the Camping World RV parking lot.
Warming tents and towels will be available on the site.
The event is sponsored by Camping World, PROP, Edward Jones Investments, and the End Zone Sports Bar.
Also on Saturday there will be free movies and crafts for children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kallet Theater. Show times are 11 a.m. for “Snow Dogs” and 2 p.m. for “Snow Day.”
There will be free crafts activities for children Saturday at the back of the theater.
Admission is free.
Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Pulaski Masons will sell their famous chicken barbecue at the South Park.
There will also be a craft show and sale at the Pulaski Masonic Hall on Broad Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Families and artists can show off their creative talents in a snowman and snow sculpture contest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Designs of Elegance Florist and Frontier Communications, in the South Park Saturday.
Entry forms will be distributed through the schools.
There is a $1 entry fee. Judging will be at 5 p.m. Saturday.
From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, hardy festivalgoers will sample and vote for their favorite variety of chili at local bars, restaurants and lodges in a Chili Walk Competition.
Ten establishments will take part in the contest.
Ballots are $5 each and allow a person to visit each establishment and cast their vote for their favorite chili.
There will be free cocoa served all weekend at several locations around the village, courtesy of Paul DeLima Company of Syracuse.
Refills are free with the purchase of a $5 mug, or bring last year’s mug.
The Pulaski Historical Society hosts an open house with free cocoa and coffee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a special display on weather-related information and the new Arcadia Images of America book on Pulaski’s history will be available for purchase.
The second annual Family Magic Show takes place at the public library at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
Festivities continue Sunday, Feb. 8, with a Wing Walk Competition from noon to 5 p.m. at various locations.
Ballots are $5 each and provide tasters with two wings at five local establishments.
On Sunday, the Kallet Theater host free showings of “Eight Below” at 1 p.m. and “Groundhog Day” at 3 p.m.
Children’s craft activities will be held in the back of the theater Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Fiddlin’ Future,” the youth fiddlers group from Osceola, performs from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center. Admission is free.
The craft show and sale continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Temple.
The weekend wraps up with a community spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. at Christ Our Light Church on Niagara Street.
Advance sale tickets are $8 for adults and $25 for families and $30 at the door for families.
Children’s Ice Fishing Derby
Also on Saturday, Feb. 7, the Mad River Club holds its annual children’s ice fishing derby from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sandy Pond Sportsman’s Association.
Admission is $4 for children and $6 for adults. Registration takes place at the clubhouse, 3201 County Route 15, Sandy Pond.
Breakfast and lunch will be available.
For information, visit www.sandypondsportsmans.com or call 315-387-6310.
Sled Dog Weight Pull
Winona Forest Recreation Association hosts the Tug Hill Challenge sled dog weight pull Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7 and 8 near Boylston.
Weigh-in is at 9 a.m. both days at the Lorraine CCC Camp. Competition starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The event is sponsored by the International Weight Pull Association Region 5 which encompasses eastern Canada, New England and the Mid-Atlantic States.
For information, go to www.iwpa.net/Region5Events.html or www.winonaforest.com, or call 315-657-3480.
The 9,000-acre recreation area is a vast network of groomed trails for skiing, snowshoes, snowmobiles and sled dogs. Parking is available at Center and Wart roads in the town of Boylston.
Trail maps are available at www.winonaforest.com
For Oswego County visitor information, fishing and trail reports, and more winter recreation opportunities, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).