Members of the Village School of North Bennington had plenty to do during Winter Fest and Winter Carnival!

Published in the Bennington Banner Monday, January 29, 2018
By Emily Gabert; photos by Holly Pelczynski

NORTH BENNINGTON — Snowmen might have been in short supply, but the annual Winterfest festival delivered its usual bustle of activity and fun to the town of North Bennington on Saturday.

HOLLY PELCZYNSKI – BENNINGTON BANNER Tim Newbold along with Village School staff and students brave the cold during the Penguin Plunge.

The festival offered a plethora of activities for all ages, with the day kicking off with the traditional Paran Plunge at Lake Paran. Beyond the lake, organizations joined in on the festivities with winter themed events.

Saturday was an unseasonably warm day, which helped aid in the number of people who attended the event. Winterfest is held every year by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Village School of North Bennington hosted an indoor winter carnival. Each classroom hosted a different game or activity — with game tickets sold at the door. Besides games, there was also a book sale and white elephant sale, and much more.
Food was provided by Hound Dogs; many children and their families hit the school’s playground after finishing up at the carnival.
Profits made from ticket sales went directly back to the school to go toward school related activities and events, according to Matthew Schade, a member of the Friends of the Village School, which helped put on the event. The school participates in the festival every year.
Schade said that it had been a busy day, with many more people showing up this year than last.
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