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Snowfall makes 15th annual Carthage Winterfest better than the last

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Hundreds of people in the North Country were embracing Friday's snowstorm. YNN's Carmella Mataloni shows us how it made the 15th annual Winterfest in Carthage better than last year.

CARTHAGE, N.Y.--A fresh blanket of snow was exactly what residents in Carthage were hoping for.

"With all the snow that we got last night, this is going to be a wonderful day for our 15th annual Winterfest for Carthage area," said Lori Borland, Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

The lack of snow last winter put a hold on many traditional outdoor events, but that wasn't the case this year.

"This is crazy! So this will be a lot of fun for the kids to get out in the snow," said Danielle Minor, a Champion resident.

Hundreds at Carthage Park participated in scavenger hunts, snowmobiling rides and even a chance to see some of nature’s scaly friends up close and personal. But most people had their eyes on the starting line of a returning tradition.

While there are many things for both kids and adults to do at Winterfest, one of the most popular events is the cardboard sleigh races and those participating say that the recent snowfall is going to give them exactly the push that they need.

"It's like a competition. It's going to be really fun," said 11-year-old Jack Minor.

"You get to go faster and you won't hit the ground," said 11-year-old Patricia Vanulle.

To make the competition even more fun, judges take a look at all the sleighs before the race begins and the most creative gets a prize.

"How much effort they put into it, how original it is, maybe how functional it is," said sled judge Cody Rosenberg of Carthage.

And after the excitement of the race was over, many took a relaxing stroll around the park on a horse drawn-sleigh ride. A great way to spend a February day!

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