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Shannon Bryan editor Shannon Bryan has a fondness for Maine’s peculiar goings on. And helmet cams. There’s definitely a fondness for helmet cams.   Since she arrived in Maine from the Midwest seven years ago, it’s been her mission to experience it all firsthand – from the cardboard boat races to the paddleboard jousting tournaments. With any luck, she’ll persuade you to try it, too.

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Posted: January 3, 2013

Winter Fairs & Festivals

Written by: Shannon Bryan - editor -

Biddeford WinterFest 2013 | Feb. 1-3
Various locations in Biddeford
Don’t miss the Biddeford Big Air show on Feb. 1 with more than 40 skiers and riders compete in a rail jam and off a tower more than three stories high. Also find sleigh rides, pony rides, snow volleyball arts and crafts and more throughout the weekend.

Kennebunk Winterfest | Feb. 2
Various locations in Kennebunk
Pancake breakfast, horse-drawn wagon rides, soup tasting contest, ice skating, craft fair and more.

Brunswick Longfellow Days 2013 | Feb. 2-27
Month-long celebration includes activities like community poetry, lectures, tours, dining events and films.

Mardis Gras in Ogunquit | Feb. 8-10
Various locations in Ogunquit
Don’t miss the hat parade and hat party, the crowning of the Mardi Gras king and queen, music and other events during the festival sponsored by the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce.

Naples Winter Carnival | Feb. 9
Naples Causeway
Annual event includes an ice fishing derby, snowmobile radar runs, helicopter rides, antiques snowmobiles, hay rides, fireworks and more.

Annual Bethel WinterFest | Feb. 9-24
Various locations in Bethel
Events include a Feb. 16 Snowcano (a volcano made from snow), Feb. 23 Railwars rail jam, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, concerts, kids’ activities and more.

Saturday, 2/7 – Winterfest; Skating party, chowder contests, sledding at White Columns, Ice Bar at One Dock

Maine Lakes Winter Carnival

Feb. 14-15 | Highland Lake and other locations, Bridgton
When you were younger, you might’ve conned the family dog into pulling you around the snow-covered yard on a plastic sled, because mushing is an exceptional way to embrace winter. Bridgton’s annual winter carnival boasts a Freezin’ for a Reason polar dip, winter hikes, guided snowshoeing, dodgeball tournament, table tennis tournament, kids snow creation competition, horse drawn wagon rides, ice fishing contest, carnival games, ice skating, snowmobile rides and dogsled rides on Highland Lake. Aspiring mushers can give the family dog a rest and get a first-hand dogsledding experience on either day as long as they sign up beforehand ($30 for a 20-minute ride. Call 207-647-3472 to reserve).

Moosehead lake Sno-Fest | Feb. 16-17
Events include a chili/chowder cookoff, various snowmobile events and other outdoor winter activities.

OOB Winter Carnival

Feb. 19-21 | Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach |
The beach doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic in the winter, but Old Orchard Beach’s Winter Carnival aims to bring people beachside for some winter sledding with views of the Atlantic. So what massive hill in OOB will visitors be sledding on? Just a man-made mini-mountain – in the middle of Old Orchard Street. Kids Carnival on Thursday, night sledding and Poker Run pub crawl on Friday and giant snow hill sledding on Saturday (plus hot cocoa and marshmallow toasting and horse-drawn carriage rides). Then hit Jimmy the Greeks for the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at 7 p.m. $10 admission.

Ice Festival L/A

Feb. 20-22| Fountain Park, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston | $15, free on Sunday |
By mid-February, winter ice can get pretty thick. Put that ice to work in your favor at the Ice Festival of Lewiston/Auburn, where frosty beverages are served up with a twist and where winter ice is carved into ice bars and cool ice sculptures and ice luges for chilled winter drinks. Because ice doesn’t seem so bad when it’s serving you a cocktail. There’s also food from area restaurants, live music and plenty of revelry to keep everyone warm. $15 on Friday and Saturday (special VIP event on Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. with a limited number of tickets). The Ice Fest is free and family-friendly on Sunday (there will be food and entertainment for the kids and the igloo might be back).

Annual Family Fun Day | Feb. 21
Shawnee Peak, Bridgton
Events include a scavenger hunt, snow scultping, pie eating, tug of war and storybook characters come to life, all free.

Annual Winter Family Fun Day | Feb. 23
Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle
Participate in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sled rides, guided nature walks and more.Event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with $1.50 fee for adults.

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