Moosestompers finalizing winter carnival plans

HOULTON, Maine — With less than a month to go, organizers are finalizing their plans for the 22nd Annual Moosestompers Weekend, slated for Feb. 2-4.

Already in the works is the Snow Creation Contest. This event was changed to a Facebook photo contest last year and continues that way this year. People can build a snowman, snow sculpture or any other snow “creation” at their own home and submit the photo to the Moosestompers Facebook page. The contest runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 1. The entry with the most likes will win and the winner will be announced at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 . With the recent snow storm, the committee is hoping to see some early entries for the contest.

Moosestompers Weekend is billed as three days of winter fun for the family and features a variety of activities for children and families to enjoy together. Returning favorites include the Hogan Tire Skate Night, Sliding Under the Lights and the ATV/UTV/Snowmobile Light Parade scheduled for Friday evening.

A full moon is scheduled on Friday night, which should make the Moonlight Snowshoe Hike at the Military Street Baptist Church even more fun.

Saturday’s activities will again include the Meduxnekeag Ramblers Breakfast, Moosestompers Fishing Derby, Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run and Half Dollar Scramble. In addition, the Giant Sliding Hill will be open and sliding races will be held. Horse drawn sleigh rides, hay rides and snowmobile rides will all be available and the Houlton Rec Department’s Cross-Country Ski Trailer will be on site.

Other activities on Saturday include the Sawdust Prize Search, public skating, basketball and hockey games, antique and vintage snowmobile display, the Snowdance and the giant bonfire. People can move inside for the evening with a supper being held at the First Baptist Church (Court Street), a concert, cookies and coffee event at the Wesleyan Church and the Moosestompers Ball at the Downunder Sports Pub featuring Ted and the Boys.

Sunday will feature the sliding hill, cross country skiing, a matinee at Temple Theater, public skating, stick time and open gym and game room at the rec center. Some additional activities are still being finalized.

Further information on Moosestompers is available on the Moosestompers Facebook page, at or by calling (207)521-5938.

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