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Winter Carnival 2015: Snow-covered

Lincoln Avenue is site of street events

Members of the U.S. Telemark National Team made their way down Lincoln Avenue during the 101st Winter Carnival’s Diamond Hitch Parade in 2014.





Members of the U.S. Telemark National Team made their way down Lincoln Avenue during the 101st Winter Carnival's Diamond Hitch Parade in 2014.
Ben Ingersoll

Whether Mother Nature chooses to participate or not, it won't affect the 20-some street activities taking place on a snow-covered Lincoln Avenue during the 2015 Winter Carnival weekend.

Street events

■ Ring and Box (ages 6 to 9): Horses pull skiers who must drop rings in washtub.

■ Ring and Spear (ages 6 to 9): Horses pull skiers who are holding a spear and trying to collect five rings suspended from stands.

■ Skijoring (ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14): Horse pulls skiers through flat course down the street.

■ Street slalom (ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14): Horse pulls skiers through slalom course of cones.

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■ Donkey jump (ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14): Horse pulls skiers as they jump a 2-foot ramp.

■ Shovel race (ages 18 and older): Adults sit in any type of shovel and are pulled by galloping horses.

■ 25-yard Dog Dash (ages 5 and younger): Children are pulled by the family dog to the finish line. A parent or dog owner leads the dog. This race is followed by the:

■ Dad Dash, in which dads pull the sled on all fours (the sleds cannot have metal runners).

■ Children's Dash (25-yard dash ages 3 to 5, 75-yard dash ages 9 to 11, 150-yard dash ages 11 to 14).

■ Three-legged race (ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 11): Two people on skis tie their legs together (ties provided) and race to the finish line.

■ Obstacle course (ages 4 to 6, 7 to 10 and 11 to 14): Skiers maneuver around obstacles and race to the finish line.

Snow is carted in to cover the town's main street, and spectators line the road to see events beginning at 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

A 100-meter Nordic dash for all ages kicks off the day's events, with racers racing between Sixth to Eighth streets downtown.

More than three hours of activities follow on Saturday, including three-legged races, 25-, 50- and 75-yard dashes and the donkey jump, where contestants ages 6 to 14 attempt to jump off of a 2-foot ramp while being pulled on skis by a horse. The participant who jumps the longest distance while maintaining a standing position wins.

An adult shovel race for those 18 and older rounds out Saturday's street activities just before noon. Contestants will position themselves onto any type of shovel and then get pulled by a horse. The shovel racer who crosses the finish line fastest without falling is deemed the winner.

Street events on Sunday begin at 9 a.m. with a ring and spear contest, where children ages 6 to 9 will ski behind a horse with a spear in their hand, attempting to collect each of five rings positioned on stands on Lincoln Avenue in the fastest time.

Crowds will be howling for the next duo of activities, which include the dog and dad dashes taking place at 10:20 and 10:25 a.m.

First is the dog dash, where children 5 and younger are pulled on sleds by the family dog, followed by the dad dash, where dads swap out dogs and pull the kids on all fours.

Early morning events on Sunday lead into the Diamond Hitch Parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m.

The parade features skiers, pulled down Lincoln Avenue by animals, people or vehicles, who take the shape of the "diamond hitch," meaning at least four skiers will hold onto the points of a rope tied into the shape of one or more diamonds.

Diamond hitch skiers and snowboarders are judged on costumes and decorations representing the Winter Carnival's 2015 theme, Fire and Ice, and their ability to hold the diamond position throughout the parade.

Street events

■ Ring and Box (ages 6 to 9): Horses pull skiers who must drop rings in washtub.

■ Ring and Spear (ages 6 to 9): Horses pull skiers who are holding a spear and trying to collect five rings suspended from stands.

■ Skijoring (ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14): Horse pulls skiers through flat course down the street.

■ Street slalom (ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14): Horse pulls skiers through slalom course of cones.

■ Donkey jump (ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14): Horse pulls skiers as they jump a 2-foot ramp.

■ Shovel race (ages 18 and older): Adults sit in any type of shovel and are pulled by galloping horses.

■ 25-yard Dog Dash (ages 5 and younger): Children are pulled by the family dog to the finish line. A parent or dog owner leads the dog. This race is followed by the:

■ Dad Dash, in which dads pull the sled on all fours (the sleds cannot have metal runners).

■ Children’s Dash (25-yard dash ages 3 to 5, 75-yard dash ages 9 to 11, 150-yard dash ages 11 to 14).

■ Three-legged race (ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 11): Two people on skis tie their legs together (ties provided) and race to the finish line.

■ Obstacle course (ages 4 to 6, 7 to 10 and 11 to 14): Skiers maneuver around obstacles and race to the finish line.

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