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Merrimack Winter Carnival 

Where: Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road, Merrimack
When: Saturday, Feb. 24, noon to 3 p.m. 
Cost: Free 
More info: merrimackparksandrec.org, 882-1046




No snow, no problem
Merrimack Winter Carnival has fun for all ages

02/22/18
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 A lack of snow won’t mean a lack of activities at the 26th annual Merrimack Winter Carnival, happening Saturday, Feb. 24, in Wasserman Park. The family-friendly event will feature all kinds of indoor and outdoor fun, including games, demonstrations, food, performances and more. 

“It started as a way to get people outdoors and doing fun, active things in the winter,” event coordinator and director of Merrimack Parks and Recreation Matt Casparius said. “The weather this year is a little iffy and there might not be snow, but we’ll make sure it’s still a fun day with a variety of things to do.”
Carnival activities will be hosted by numerous local business and community groups, including board games with Simply Fun, a craft with Toys R Us, a winter game with Liberty Mutual Insurance Bedford, a toss game with Gate City Charter School, an activity table with the Merrimack Public Library, a mascot and giveaways with Launch Trampoline Park, and sand art and face painting with Merrimack Parks and Recreation. 
Attendees will also find some new activities this year, like a photo booth with Movement Christian Church, a scavenger hunt with Merrimack High School Robotics and spinal screenings with Live Free Chiropractic. 
“We try to add new, different things each year to change it up so that it still draws people,” Casparius said. “It gets a little bigger every year.” 
Check out demonstrations like live ice carving by Ice Breakers New Hampshire ice sculpting artists, a robot demonstration by Merrimack High School Robotics, a pet CPR demonstration with Training Done Right and a dance performance by Broadway Bound. 
Grab some lunch from Merrimack Friends & Families, which will have hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate and water for sale, or satisfy your sweet tooth with s’mores over the fire, free ice cream from Friendly’s or cookies from the Merrimack Girl Scouts. If you’re hungry for some competition, you can enter the doughnut eating contest run by Merrimack High School Robotics.  
The carnival’s traditional cardboard sledding contest is not on the agenda this year due to the probable lack of snow, but should the weather allow, there will be outdoor winter activities like sledding and snowman building, snowshoeing with Eastern Mountain Sports Manchester and an ice fishing derby with the Merrimack Lions Club. 
Snow or no snow, Casparius said it will be a fun day with something for everyone. 
“Not a lot of things are free anymore, and this is a whole day of free activities,” he said. “It’ll be a great time to socialize, get outdoors during the winter and have fun without spending a lot of money.”





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