36th Annual Winter Carnival
February 1, 2 & 3, 2019
Theme: "Myth & Magic"
All activities take place at the Colchester High School, except for Sunday's Open Skate (at Leddy Park in Burlington).
The annual Colchester Winter Carnival is a winter tradition that brings hundreds of families out to the Colchester High School campus for a weekend packed with activities, food concessions, arts & crafts, and other family fun, both inside and outside. Each year, a theme is chosen by the Winter Carnival committee, and visitors are encouraged to join in the fun by dressing up to match the theme! The most popular event of the weekend is the Friday night Colchester's Got Talent show, which puts Colchester's most talented residents on the stage for a night of music, dance, and performance! Auditions are held in January. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three performances in each age group!
Friday, February 1, 2019: Colchester's Got Talent!
Location: CHS Theatre | Show Starts: 6:00pm
Thank you to LCATV for filming the show again this year! The video is now available to stream online (below):
Congratulations to our 2019 Finalists!
Youth Division: Grades 2 - 4
1st Place: Trenton Terry
2nd Place: Lucas Moran
3rd Place: Anna Porter
Junior Division: Grades 5 - 6
1st Place: Sawyer Cyphers & Gunnar Perren
2nd Place: Trinity McCarthy
3rd Place: Isabella Chicoine
Young Adult Division: Grades 7 - 9
1st Place: Jennifer Martel
2nd Place: Logan Crocker
3rd Place: Ryan Baldasty
Adult & Family Division:
1st Place: Troy & Sabrina Cyphers
2nd Place: Upscale (quartet): Carol Hollenbeck, April Knight, Carolynn O’Donnell, & Trecia Pallman-Hamilton
3rd Place: Hannah Cooke, Owen Rea, Aina Tashbolotova, & Matt Lyon
- Categories will be announced after auditions on 1/17/19, pending a final number of acts.
1st place = $150; 2nd place = $75; 3rd place = $50
Admission Tickets:$7.00 per person (ages 2 and under = FREE)
The Winter Carnival information booth will be open 5:00 - 7:00pm on Friday night for ticket sales. All visitors who wish to view the show must purchase a Winter Carnival bracelet for $7.00, which will also grant entry to all events and activities on Saturday.
REMINDER:FOOD AND BEVERAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE THEATRE. The Colchester High School Theatre recently had a major renovation, so we must stress that food and beverages are not to be brought into the theatre. Concessions will not be for sale this year.
Spectators who are not able to find a seat in the theatre, or prefer a more flexible space for young children, are welcome to view the show from the CHS Cafeteria, where a live stream video will be set up. You won't miss any of the action!
CHS Girls Basketball Games
The Colchester High School Girls Basketball teams will host Mt. Mansfield Union HS on Friday night (Feb. 1) in the CHS Gym. JV Girls will play at 5:30 PM and Varsity Girls will play at 7:00 PM. Entry to the games is free with a Winter Carnival bracelet.
Saturday, February 2, 2019: Winter Carnival
Saturday activities include inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, caricatures, fat bike demos, food concessions from local non-profits, and more! Additional highlights include:
Chili Cook-Off to Benefit the Josh Pallotta Fund
Think you have the best chili in town? Well then, test your chili against your neighbor at this community contest! Entries support the Josh Pallotta Fund, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to assisting Veterans and Service members struggling with Post Traumatic Stress and to one day end Veteran suicide. There is no entry fee for chili participants, but donations to the Josh Pallotta Fund will be accepted. Judging begins at 10:30 AM. The top three will win a gift certificate, trophy, and bragging rights! Remaining chili will be sold as concessions with proceeds benefiting the Josh Pallotta Fund. Registration Deadline 1/25.
2019 Judges include Gov. Phil Scott, Sen. Dick Mazza, Charlie Papillo, and Becky Holtz! Prizes include gift certificates to The Guilty Plate Diner, Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern, and 14th Star Brewery.
Studio 3 Dance Company Performance
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Studio 3 Dance is excited to perform their newest competition & select recreational dance pieces for all to enjoy! Dancers ages 5 and up will perform from a mix of genres including tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, African, and more to delight the entire audience! This wonderful show is the perfect way to start your day at the Carnival. Location: Theatre.
Ice Golf Charity Scramble (additional fee)
12:00 - 3:00 PM | Two 9-hole golf courses will be assembled on the frozen surface of our beautiful Lake Champlain. Teams of four will play in a scramble-format starting at Bayside Beach. $50/person. All proceeds benefit Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Graphite shafts not recommended due to their brittleness in cold weather. White golf balls are not allowed. One hockey stick per team. Check in at 11:00 AM; shotgun start at 12:00 PM. For details or to register, visit https://www.facebook.com/VermontIceGolf/.
Sunday, February 3, 2019: Open Skate @ Leddy Park (Burlington)
Join officers from the Colchester Police Department for an Open Skate at Leddy Park! Your Winter Carnival bracelet covers your admission, so don't forget to bring it with you! Skate rentals are available at the rink for $3.00 per pair.
Hours: 11:20 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Studio Ice, Leddy Park
(216 Leddy Park Road, Burlington).
Sponsored by The Colchester Police Department.
We'd like to recognize the following individuals and organizations for their continued support of the Colchester Winter Carnival. They work hard to make sure our event is a success, provide volunteer support, and offer free attractions at the event.
|A.C.E. After School Artists||Colchester School District|
|All the Concessionaires||Lake Champlain Access Television|
|Amy Minor, CSD Superintendent||Malletts Bay Bicycle & Ski Shop|
|Colchester High School Athletic Department||Mike & Ethan Guillemette|
|Colchester High School Custodial Staff||Rich Gardner & Camp Ta-Kum-Ta|
|Colchester High School National Honor Society||Steve Davis, Dir. of Nutrition & Food Service|
|Colchester Lions Club||Studio 3 Dance & Fitness|
|Colchester Police Department||Val Pallotta|
Many thanks to the 2019 Winter Carnival Committee for their ideas, enthusiasm, and time commitment in planning this year's event. We are looking to add more members to our committee, so if you enjoyed this year's event, please consider joining the committee! Call the Parks & Rec office to be added to the group, or email Mike. Committee Members are: Renee Barrett, Ronny Cummings, Jenn Maestas, Brittany Gaydos, Kathy LaRoche, Mary Beth Mooney.