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Festival, dog hike, polar plunge at Grafton

Bring the family to the  33rd annual Winter Festival on Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Grafton State Park, 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton. At the free event, enjoy food, games, exhibitors, and fun in the snow.

Snow or no snow, activities will include kid games indoors and outdoors, crafts, live animal presenters, the Polar Plunge, snowshoeing and  more.

A four-legged friend hike is planned (10 to 11:30 a.m.). Join local hiker Stevie Lynn Rodriguez and her sweet Doberman Bulla for a hike in the park. Meet by the playground at the north end of the beach parking lot for this two-mile flat hike. All outings require dogs to be on a six-foot leash, due to Parks regulations. No gate fee. Please thank Stevie for volunteering to lead the hike. Be sure to stick around afterwards with your pup for the 33rd Annual Winter Fest event ongoing until 4 p.m.

Bring your flip flops for the Polar Plunge into Long Pond; check-in starts at 10 a.m. for the  at 10:30 a.m. plunge. Spectators welcome and provide a wind block for the swimmers. Prepaid registration is required and limited to the first 50 people. Registration fee of $20 includes a T-shirt. Registration forms available at KofC-council-14164.org or the park office. For more information or to confirm registration call Ray Dozois at 518-663-5648. Proceeds to benefit Our Lady of the Snow’s Food Pantry. Back again this year is the prize for Silliest Plunge Costume. New York State Police Ice Dive team will be on site to provide safety. Spectators are welcome and provide a wind block for participants. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/308778892975908/.

Gloria Mazure

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