Grafton Lakes Winter Festival
Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will host the 29th annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, January 25, featuring winter exhibits, vendors and family-friendly recreational activities. The event, free of charge, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Environmental and recreational workshops and outings include snow sculpture and snowball-throwing contests for the kids, horse-drawn sleigh rides and live animal exhibits. The 7th annual Polar Plunge benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation jumps into Long Pond at 1 p.m. To pre-register for the Plunge, call Margaret Philips for more information at 518-479-3739. New outdoor events this year include a dog walk for furry friends, an introduction to animal tracking, a snowshoe obstacle course and snow bowling. There will be snowshoe and cross country ski outings throughout the park at levels for all ages to enjoy; snowshoe rentals will be available. Hot food will be sold by the Park’s concession provider, Brunswick Barbecue and Brew and local community organizations. The annual ice fishing contest draws several hundred fishermen, and will run from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all the ponds in the park. Participants can register starting at 5:30 until 11 a.m. that day at the park’s pole barn, accessible via the winter entrance. A $10 entry fee for adults 16 and older is required to participate in the fishing tournament. All first place fish will receive a $300 cash prize awarded for the longest length catch of trout, walleye/chain pickerel and yellow perch. Children may enter at no charge; winning entries will receive gift certificates and other prizes. All participants 16 and older must have a New York State fishing license to fish in the park at any time.
For more information about the Winter Festival, call the park at 518-279-1155. A full schedule of events is available at nysparks.com/parks.