So what if it hasn’t snowed in a week. OOB365 still managed to build a massive sledding hill on Old Orchard Street! More than 1,000 people picked up a sled and gave it a try between Friday night and Saturday night, sticking around to check out the other Winter Carnival attractions. Cotton candy. A petting zoo. Ice sculptures. A character breakfast. Or just running around the beach. Why wait for spring? Sharri MacDonald, president of OOB365, said the hotels that are open this time of year were filled to capacity for the weekend. Besides being a little boost to the winter economy of OOB, the festivities were a mood boost for local kids wrapping up their February staycations. There’s the literal slippery slope for the all ages, and then Saturday night’s 21+ Slippery Slope Bar Crawl. www.oob365.com.
More than a thousand people sledded down Old Orchard Street as part of OOB's Winter Carnival.
OOB365 supplied a variety of sleds and tubes.
Isabella Disotelle of Old Orchard Beach.
Warmer-than-usual weather didn't put much of a damper on the fun.
Layla Nolette and Blake Daigle, both of Old Orchard Beach, checking out the ice sculptures.
Pauline Corbeile with Maddy, Kruz and Jessica Williams, all of Saco, roasting marshmallows.
Nothing beats cotton candy in the morning.
Bryleigh Bugaj of Old Orchard Beach.
Elizabeth Delisle of Old Orchard Beach enjoying the petting zoo.
Not something you see every day...
Hard-working volunteer Chase Walker helped out at the top of the sledding hill.
Patrick and Owen Cloutier of Saco.
Dalton Marin asked if he got bonus points for not breaking any bones on the way down.
Charlotte and Gabe LaSalle of Old Orchard Beach.
Faith Mispel and Julie Melendy.
Blake Daigle, all smiles at the top of the sledding hill.