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35th Annual Colchester Winter Carnival Schedule

IMG_0703Join family, friends, and neighbors at the Colchester Winter Carnival, coming up on February 2, 3, & 4, 2018!  Entry is $7/person for a Winter Carnival bracelet; ages 2 and under enter for FREE!  Avoid the line and buy your bracelet early at any of the following locations: Colchester Parks & Recreation office, Burnham Memorial Library, Lakeshore ACE Hardware, or Dick Mazza’s General Store. Bracelets will be available for purchase at the Winter Carnival Info Booth on Friday night and Saturday during the Carnival.  Bracelets are entry to every attraction unless noted otherwise. More information can be found at

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Friday, February 2, 2018

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM                            Winter Carnival Information Booth
5:30 PM & 7:00 PM                          CHS Boys Basketball Games

Saturday, February 3, 2018

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM                        Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast (additional fee)
9:30 AM – 3:15 PM                           Winter Carnival Information Booth
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                      PERFORMANCE: Studio 3 Dance Company
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM                         Laser Tag with Colchester Paintball
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM                         Chair Massages with Krista Wilbur
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM                         Horse Drawn Hay Rides
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM                         Marc Hughes Caricatures
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM                         Dan the Whimsically Wacky Balloon Twister
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         The Big Blue Trunk
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Arts & Crafts Room
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Playdough Extravaganza
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Sensory Room
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Inflatable Obstacle Courses
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Pony Rides
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Face Painting with Face Mania!
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         Henna Tattoos
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM                         The Big Blue Express Train
10:30 AM                                           Chili Contest (additional fee)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM                         Food Concessions (additional fee)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM                        Balloon Animals with the Gratto Family Stilt Walkers
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM                        Sugar on Snow & Maple Cotton Candy
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM                        Fat Bike Demos with Malletts Bay Bicycle & Ski Shop
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM                        Charity Ice Golf Scramble (additional fee)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

11:20 AM – 12:50 PM                       Open Skate with CPD Officers (Leddy Park, Burlington)


COLCHESTER’S GOT TALENT! A Community Talent Show
Friday, February 2, 2018 beginning at 6:00 PM – Bracelet Required

Join us for an evening of spectacular amateur talent!  From children to adults and IMG_2596 [Edited] (1)families, this is an evening full of entertainment and extreme talent from Colchester residents.  Based on the hit TV talent show, “American’s Got Talent,” these local acts will perform and be scored by age groups.  Judges will choose the winners, and cash prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each category.  2018 Judges include WCAX Meteorologist Sharon Meyer, Miss Vermont 2015 Alayna Westcom, and Colchester Superintendent Amy Minor!    Acts were chosen through an audition process in January.  Thank you to Sheppard Custom Homes, our major sponsor for this event!  Location: Theatre; Overflow seating & live stream in Cafeteria.

The Big Blue Express Train – OUTSIDE!

“All aboard!” Big Blue is an 18-passenger trackless train with colorful LED lights, an authentic train whistle and bell, and a little red caboose.  Big Blue pulls into the train station ready to take you for a ride around the High School parking lot.

Sensory Room

Explore the world around us through sound and touch!  This room is geared toward preschoolers ages birth to 4 and will feature interesting objects to touch, switch, click, and more.


The below activities are an additional fee that is not included with the bracelet entry. 

Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast,  8:30 -11:00 AM

The Lion’s Club of Colchester will be hosting the Pancake Breakfast.  What a way to get the day off to a great start!   $3.00 under six years of age, $5.00 over 6 years of age, maximum of $15 per family of 4.  Location: CHS Cafeteria.

Chili Contest, 10:30 AM

Think you have the best chili in town?  Well then, test your chili against your neighbor at this community contest!  Entries support the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont (BSMVT), a IMG_2660non-profit 501(c)3  Veterans Service Organization whose mission is to support and advocate for our Soldiers and Veterans while also being dedicated to honoring and assisting families of our Fallen.  $15.00 entry fee.  2018 Judges include Governor Phil Scott, Senator Dick Mazza, Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison, and Becky Holtz of COTS.  The top 3 will win a gift card to a local establishment & bragging rights.  Stop by the Colchester Parks & Recreation Office to sign up or download a Chili Contest Entry Form from the Parks & Rec website or at:  Registration Deadline 1/29.  Location: Cafeteria.

Ice Golf Charity Scramble @ Lower Bayside (Beach), 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This 9-hole golf course is on the frozen surface of our beautiful Lake Champlain. Teams of four will play in a scramble-format starting at Bayside Beach. $25/person. All proceeds benefit Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Graphite shafts not recommended due to their brittleness in cold weather. White golf balls are not allowed. One hockey stick per team.  Register online at: