2015 Carnival Events

Here’s the Events for the 2015 Carnival!

(And you can open up and download a pdf version here.)

Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt:   Sponsored by the Freeman’s Journal—1st clue published on Jan. 23rd. Find the medallion and win $500!

“Golden Ticket” Opportunity:   The Baseball Hall of Fame is giving one lucky fan the opportunity to win a Golden Ticket and an exclusive behind-the-scenes archive tour for up to four people! Stop by the Hall of Fame from 9am-5pm during Winter Carnival Weekend and register for this amazing chance to see the archives of the Baseball Hall of Fame in a priceless 90-minute guided tour! The winner will be drawn at the Carnival Closer. Open for all, no purchase necessary. Winner doesn’t need to be present to win.

Find the Golden Ticket:   Committee Members will be selling Hershey candy bars! ($1/bar) Five candy bars have a “Golden Ticket” in it. The Golden Ticket gives a youth free tickets to Hershey Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Create your own chocolate bar, do a chocolate tasting, watch the Chocolate Factory Mystery in 4D, take a trolley tour.

Friday, February 6th

Soup ‘R Chili Luncheon:   11am-3pm at the First Baptist Church, 21 Elm Street. $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4–11. No charge for children under age three. Call 547-9371 for more details.

Soup and Chili TO-GO:   4-6 pm, First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St. Quarts of soup and chili available for pick-up only. Call 547-9371 for more details.

Open Ice Skating:   4-5:30pm, Badger Park, Skates are available to rent.

Winter Carnival Special at the Hawkeye Grill:   5:30-9pm, Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Call 544-2524 for reservations. In honor of “The Chocolate Factory” theme, the Hawkeye Grill will have Spiced Cocoa Rubbed Cod for $22 on Friday night and Saturday night they will feature a Roast Chicken Mole for $17.

FoMA Cabaret:   5:00-8:00pm, Otesaga Hotel. Cooperstown’s annual showcase for student musicians and vocalists. Enjoy classical, jazz and pop favorites. Light refreshments, raffle. Admission by donation. Proceeds support music and art education in the Cooperstown schools.

14th Annual Carnival Fireworks Display:   6:30pm in Lakefront Park. Exclusively sponsored by personal donations from Kathy Sinnott-Gardner, Otsego County Clerk; John M. Muehl, Otsego County District Attorney; Daniel Crowell, Otsego County Treasurer; Assemblyman Pete Lopez and Richard Devlin, Jr., Otsego County Sheriff

Cabin Fever Film Series:   “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and Discussion with Peter Ostrum: 7pm at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 25 Main Street and co-sponsored by The Fenimore Art Museum and The Glimmerglass Festival. Call 547-7200. Free entry. Doors Open at 6:30pm. Join actor Peter Ostrum who played Charlie Bucket in the 1971 film prior to the screening for a discussion and question-and-answer session.

Gobstopper Bowling Tournament:   7pm Clark Sports Center. Teams are 1 Adult & 1 Child (2nd grade or above). $3 members, $6 non-members. Call 547-2800 to register.

Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours:   8pm departing from Pioneer Park on Main Street. $10 Adults, $5 Children, Kids under 5 are free. Call 547-8070.

Fizzy Lifting Cooler Crawl:   5pm Friday-4pm Sunday. Drink samples will be available at local establishments throughout the village. Stop by any of the participating locations as well the kiosk in Pioneer Park to pick up a passport. Passports will be free but there will be a small fee for the each drink sample.

Saturday, February 7th

Annual Cooperstown Lions Pancake Breakfast:   8-11:30am, Veteran’s Club on Main Street. Sponsored by the Cooperstown Lions Club and assisted by the Leo Club. $7.50/9 and over $5.00/8 and under.

Gobstopper Bowling Tournament:   9am, Clark Sports Center. Teams are 1 Adult & 1 Child (2nd grade or above) $3 members, $6 non-members. Call 547-2800 to register.

Winter Carnival Farmer’s Market and Dessert Lovers Contest:   10am-2pm, Pioneer Alley just off Main Street. Stop by the local farmer’s market and vote for your favorite desserts from 11am-2pm. $5.

Prince Pondicherry’s Snow Sculpture Contest:   9:30am-3pm, Pioneer Park. Sign up in advance online, day of registration accepted. Show off your skills in building snow sculptures. Winners will be announced at 3:30pm in Pioneer Park.

Soup & Sandwiches:   11am-2pm 77 Main Street Hosted by Hartwick-Arbutus Chapter #201 Order of the Eastern Star. $5/Soup, $7.50/Soup and Sandwich.

Soup ‘R Chili Luncheon:   11am-3pm at the First Baptist Church, 21 Elm Street. $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4–11. No charge for children under age three. Call 547-9371 for more details.

Oompa Loompa Run:   11am, Main Street Cooperstown. Event is free. No advance registration required. Come down and kick-off the carnival with a short 100 meter run down Main Street to a pile of assorted candy. Participants should meet in the parking lot across from the fire hall just before 11am.

Fenimore Quilt Show 2015:   Open Daily 11-4, Sundays 1-4 at the Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main Street, Galleries A&B. Sponsored by the Fenimore Quilt Club. Call 547-9777.

Tubing at Glimmerglass State Park:   11am-4pm, Rt. 31. Fee is $5/person, kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 547-8662.

Susquehanna Animal Shelter Dog Show:   11:30am, Main Street. Sponsored by Dog Wild Canine Supply. Call 547-8111. Last minute entries welcome.

Children’s Disco:   12pm-1:30pm, Cooperstown Fire Hall on Chestnut Street. An event offered by the Brookwood School. Call 547-4060.

Chocolate Factory Softball Tournament at Doubleday Field:   12pm-1:30pm. Sign up at the Clark Sports Center. 4 Teams maximum. Minimum 7 players per team. Two games + Championship Game. Games will be 3 innings / 1 pitch. For registration and questions call Scott Whiteman 547-2800 ext 109.

Susquehanna Animal Shelter Wine Tasting Benefit:   12-3pm, Nicolettas Café, Main Street Cooperstown. 21 and over ONLY. Wine tasting and hor d’eouve samples. Suggested donation.

Carnival Wine Tasting:   12-5pm, Cooperstown Wine and Spirits, 45 Pioneer Street. 21 and over ONLY. Free tasting and 10% any purchase of carnival selections.

Gradient:   Band performing in Pioneer Park's Heated Tent from 12-3pm.

Wonka Factory Festival - Food/Vendors/Beer Trucks:   1-4pm Main Street. Fun family events. Join us at 3pm for a 150 feet Tug-O-War contest in the center of Main Street between the traffic light and the flag pole. Free games for children.

Mr. Slugworth’s Chili Contest:   12:30pm-1:30pm, Mel’s at 22 Chestnut Street. Entry forms available here. Come vote for your favorite. $5.

Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours:   1pm departing from Pioneer Park on Main Street. $10 Adults, $5 Children, Kids under 5 are free. Call 547-8070.

Ficklegruber’s Pong Style Tournament:   1:00pm-3:00pm, Mel’s at 22 Chestnut. $10 per team. Must be 21 or over to enter. Sign-up at Coolies or Sherman’s Tavern. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.

Pailshop Wine Tasting:   2-4pm, Rudy’s Wine and Liquor, 143 Main Street. 21 and over ONLY.

Gum Stretcher Three Point Contest:   2pm, Clark Sports Center. Free for children in grades 4th – 12th. No advanced sign-up required.

Wonkavator Free Throw Contest:   3pm, Clark Sports Center. Free for children in grades 4th – 12th. No advanced sign-up required.

“I Want It Now” Chicken Wing Contest:   3pm, Veteran’s Club on Main Street. $5. Come vote for your favorite chicken wings.

5th Annual Augustus Gloop Eating Contest:   4pm at Cooley’s Stone House Tavern. Must be 21 to enter, sign up at Cooley’s before 12pm (2/7). First 15 paid entries will be admitted. $10 entry fee includes official eating t-shirt. Proceeds benefit United Way. Prizes for top 3 eaters. Sponsored by Bud Light and Cooley’s Stone House Tavern.

Golden Egg Dodgeball Tournament:   4-6pm, Clark Sports Center. Two brackets - 5th/6th Grade & 7th/8th Grade. Teams of 6. Must have at least 1 male & 1 female on each team. 8 teams max in each bracket. Sign up and pay on the gym floor. $12 per team.

Angel Network BBQ Dinner:   4:30-7:30pm, Templeton Hall. $10/person. Brooks’ BBQ Dinner. Take-out available.

Duvel Pouring Contest:   5:30-7:30pm at The Pit, 34-36 Pioneer Street. Stop by to compete for best pour. Appetizers and specialty beers available. Purchase a Duvel beer, try a pour. Sponsored by Brewery Ommegang. Prizes available. $5 entrance fee, includes a beer to pour.

Winter Carnival Special at the Hawkeye Grill:   5:30-9pm, Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Call 544-2524 for reservations. In honor of “The Chocolate Factory” theme, the Hawkeye Grill will have Spiced Cocoa Rubbed Cod for $22 on Friday night and Saturday night they will feature a Roast Chicken Mole for $17.

Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours: 7 pm, To make a reservation, please call 607-547-8070. The tour meets at Pioneer Park, at the corner of Main and Pioneer Streets.

Community Movie Night:   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, PG): 6:30pm, Clark Sports Center. Admission is Free. Non-members must have a signed waiver on file at the Clark Sports Center. Viewers are welcome to bring snacks, beverages (non-alcoholic), pillows, blankets and sleeping bags. Youth under 18 must have a parent sign in and leave an emergency contact number. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No chairs please, but bleachers will be available. Movie starts promptly at 6:30pm.

Chocolat (2000. PG-13) at Fenimore Art Museum:   7pm in the FAM Auditorium. Free Admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Cooperstown Concert Series – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line:   7-9pm, The Otesaga Hotel and Resort. For more information visit: www.cooperstownconcertseries.org

Scrumdiddlyumptious Happy Hour:   7-8pm, Take a break and stop by the local establishments for Happy Hour drink and food specials. Discounted prices and food/drink specials based on location.

Talent/Lip Sync Contest:   8-11pm at Templeton Hall, Pioneer Street. Admission is free. Pre-register online at cooperstowncarnival.org. 21 and older. Cash Bar.

Sunday, February 8th

Annual Cooperstown Lions Pancake Breakfast:   8-11:30am, Veteran’s Club on Main Street. Sponsored by the Cooperstown Lions Club and assisted by the Leo Club. $7.50/9 and over $5.00/8 and under.

Adult Free Throw Contest:   9am at the Clark Sports Center. Free for adults. Must be out of high school. No sign-up required.

Adult Three Point Contest:   Directly after the free throw contest at the Clark Sports Center. Free for adults. Must be out of high school. No sign-up required.

Willy’s Snowman Contest:   9-10am, Village Library. Show off your skills in building a snowman. Winners will be announced immediately following. No advanced sign-up required.

Hornswoggler’s Geocaching:   10am, Meet at Pioneer Park. Adults & Children (Children must have an adult w/them). Free. Learn how to use a GPS device in this high tech global treasure hunt. Be prepared to travel by foot to various locations in all weather conditions. The Clarks Sports Center will have GPS Units to share for this program.

Garbage Shoot Sled Races:   Registration 10:30am, races at 11am, separate categories for youth and adults. At Lakefront Park.

Tubing at Glimmerglass State Park:   11am-4pm, Rt. 31. Fee is $5/person, kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 547-8662.

Fenimore Quilt Show 2015:   Open Daily 11-4, Sundays 1-4 at the Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main Street, Galleries A&B. Sponsored by the Fenimore Quilt Club. Call 547-9777.

43rd Annual Bob Smullens 5k/10k Run:   Registration 11:30am, race begins at 12:30pm, Cooper Park. Sign up for this event at www.clarksportscenter.com or by stopping by Cooper Park for day of registration. $20/person $50 Family (max 5).

Grandpa Joe’s Pitch Tournament:   1pm, Veteran’s Club on Main Street. Teams can stop by the American Legion to sign up. $11/person. Call 547-8282 for more information.

TREP$ marketplace:   1-3pm, Cooperstown Middle/High School Gymnasium, 38 Linden Ave. Marketplace of goods produced by the 6-12th grade entrepreneurship program.

Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours:   1pm departing from Pioneer Park on Main Street. $10 Adults, $5 Children, Kids under 5 are free. Call 547-8070.

14th Annual Cheesecake Tasting:   1-4pm, Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St. Call Linda Smirk at 437-2245. Benefits Double H Ranch which provides specialized programs for children and families dealing with life threatening illnesses in the Adirondacks.

Roald Dahl’s Carnival Closer:   3pm, Mel’s at 22 Chestnut Street. Join us for the Carnival Closer at Mel's at 22 where we will be announcing all of our contest winners.

Concert with Billy Jonas by Friends of the Village Library:   4pm. First Presbyterian Church. Suggested donation of $15.

For more information on any of these events during carnival weekend, stop by the information kiosk in Pioneer Park.

To keep informed, email the Carnival

Read about the history of the Carnival. Or see who were last year’s award winners.