Oswego County Winter Carnival returns to Sandy Pond

The second annual Oswego County Winter Carnival will be held from dawn to dusk Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the Sandy Pond Steakhouse on Wigwam Drive in Sandy Creek.

There will be the Sandy Pond Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in a family-friendly costume. First and second prizes will be awarded to the largest teams as well as to the individuals and teams who raise the most money.

“Best Plunge Attire” awards will also be given to the top two best-dressed individuals and teams.

The registration fee includes a free “I Survived the Sandy Pond Polar Bear Plunge!” hooded sweatshirt. Registration will be  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the plunge at the Sandy Pond Steakhouse.

There will also be the Sandy Pond Ice Fishing Tournament, which will iclude separate divisions for youth and adults in the pike category and panfish combo.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the Sandy Pond Steakhouse. There is a fee to participate.

Weigh-in takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. and prizes are awarded from 3 to 4 p.m. on both days.

Other activities include dog sled rides, a cross-country ski tour, and snowshoe beach walk.

There will also be the “Chillin’ Chili Cook-off” and the Snowmobile Lighted Night Parade presented by the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club.

Later, attendees can dance the night away with the John Glenn Band.

All proceeds will benefit the Salmon River International Sportfishing Museum on state Route 13 in Pulaski.

The museum has hundreds of historic items on display, including homemade antique fishing rods, rare lures, reels, tackle and a significant library of books, watercolors and prints.

These exhibits were once showcased at the Gladding Corporation’s museum, believed to be the nation’s first sportfishing museum.

Those seeking a complete schedule of activities and registration information may call 387-3001 or 298-9990 or visit www.salmonriverfishingmuseum.com.

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