Mid-February, when most are feeling winter-bedraggled, the Winter Carnival offers 10 days of fun and celebration to revive the spirit. Snow sport competitions and live entertainment lure people out of their warm nests to defy the cold and fully enjoy themselves. Outdoor activities like ice-fishing, skating, sleigh rides and a parade flout the weather and top it off with fireworks. Indoor events are just as exciting with the Queen's Pageant, junior Olympic events, pancake breakfast, karaoke, variety show, country & western jamboree and a beach party.

About three days at the end of April, sugar house tours and sap runs celebrate the glories of maple syrup. The carnival, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, contests and antique show lure visitors, and the art exhibit, grand parade and youth talent show keep them here. Naturally, there is a pancake breakfast, but the 5K and 10K runs work off the calories. Oh wait, maple syrup has no calories during this festival, does it?

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