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2018 Winter Carnival

Outdoor Fun for All at the 2018 Winter Carnival


Navarro Phillips celebrates after knocking down some of the turkey bowling pins outside of the St. Regis Mohawk School on Feb. 11. In the background is his grandmother, Curly Phillips.

Dozens showed up for outdoor Winter Carnival fun at Generations Park on Saturday, Feb. 9 and the St. Regis Mohawk School on Sunday, Feb. 10.

A highlight of Saturday were sled rides from a team that competes in the Iditarod dogsled races in Alaska. The four-person outfit included Spencer Thew of Canton, racers Natalie Vandermerwe and her husband Andre Vandermerwe and dog handler Nick Jackman.

Keely Bova runs through the obstacle course at Generations Park on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Leading up to that was a snow obstacle course put together by several Akwesasne fitness programs. They included Steevi King, Andrew Soutter and Jessica Hopps from Let's Get Healthy, Annie Cree and Tia Mitchell from Iakwa'shatste Youth Fitness and Lorri Caldwell from Community Health.

"Thank you to all of the Wellness Coalition volunteers that helped us set up," King said.

Sunday brought turkey bowling and a life-size version of the board game Trouble outside the St. Regis Mohawk School. The turkey-bowling lane gave adults and kids a chance to partake in some 10-pin bowling. Kids used as a ball a smaller frozen chicken and adults got to use a full-size frozen turkey. Volunteers dug a Trouble board into the snow with hula hoops for movement markers. Players threw large inflatable dice in lieu of the "Pop-A-Matic Bubble."

Inside the school was food, fundraisers and games, including an hour-long kids versus St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police dodge ball game.


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