2006 button (shown here) was designed by Chris White. Chris is in the 12th
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are some photos from the 2004 Winter
Here are some photos from the 2005 Winter Carnival Toboggan Races
Here are some photos from the 2005 Winter Carnival XCountry Ski Races
Here are 87 photos from the 2005 Winter Carnival Queen’s Ball
Here are 181 more photos from the 2005 Winter Carnival Queen’s Ball
This is an annual event in Pittsfield MA to provide winter activities, mostly outdoors and mostly free of charge, for people of all ages. The Pittsfield Winter Carnival is currently in its 61st year. The Pittsfield Winter Carnival is planned and executed by the Pittsfield Winter Sports Committee, a totally volunteer non-profit organization, under the auspices of the City of Pittsfield, Department of Community Services, Parks and Recreation.
If you can, please volunteer to help at events. The committee is not large enough to staff all the events properly, particularly Family Day, and volunteers are needed. For instance, the 2001 Family Day was unable to have the Snowshoe Races due to lack of 3-4 staff. Several events on the 2002 schedule were eliminated on the 2004 schedule for this reason also.
The following is a synopsis and schedule of the events that make up this year's Pittsfield Winter Carnival. We will endeavor to maintain this schedule, but extreme weather conditions may cause change or cancellation.
Design Contest is held to award prizes to
Category winners (last year’s button):
Grand prize, button Design: Chris White 12th grader from Taconic High
Kindergarten thru 2nd grade: Carli Scolforo 1st grader from Allendale Elementary
3rd thru 5th grade: Kirklan Doherty 3rd grader from Stearns
6th thru 8th grade: no winners
9th thru 12th grade: David VanBramer 10th grader from Taconic High
Pittsfield Winter Carnival Queen Contest is open to girls
17-21 years of age who live, attend school or work in
During the 5-week Queen contest, the contestants sell buttons (see button design contest above) to raise money (buttons sell for a dollar each) to support the Winter Carnival events. Each contestant must sell a minimum of 1000 buttons to qualify to be judged for Queen.
A maximum of 16 girls may enter. Application forms to enter the contest are available starting November 1st at the Pittsfield High Schools, Berkshire Community College and at the Parks Department offices at Springside House, 874 North Street. The first 16 qualified applications submitted are accepted for the contest.
Applications must be received by December 10th. The Queen contest runs from Sunday January 11th through Sunday February 8th. Entry is free of charge.
Photos of the 2002 Coronation Ball are here
Photos of the 2003 Coronation Ball are here
Photos of the 2004 Coronation Ball are here
premier outdoor family event of the Winter Carnival! Held at the newly
renovated Controy Pavilion on the
City Downhill Slalom Ski Meet means ski and snowboard competition for youngsters under the age of 13. Held at Bousquet Ski area. Each entrant has at least 2 timed runs down the hill, the best of which counts towards trophies. The event date is Saturday Februaryl 4th starting registration at 9AM, racing at 10AM. Entry is free of charge.
Toboggan Races with 2, 3 and 4
person categories, people of all ages may compete. Toboggans are supplied, but
you can bring your own. This event is scheduled for Osceola Park on
Anything-goes Sled Races are open to all ages.
This event is scheduled for Osceola Park on
Cross Country Ski Races are open to all ages. Held the last 4 years at Canterbury Farm Ski Touring area on Fred Snow Road in Becket MA. The event date is Sunday February 12th. Registration starts at 9AM. Entry is free of charge.
Queen's Coronation Ball is the culmination of the Queen Contest. The Queen and lady-in-waiting for the following season are chosen and crowned. Other awards, such as top button seller and Miss Congeniality are presented. College scholarships are the top awards. The event date is Saturday February 18th at the Berkshire Hills Country Club starting at 8PM, tickets are $7 per person. Doors open at 7PM. Note: This is a new location, day and time!
Pittsfield Short Track Speed Skating
are held at the Vietnam Veterans
Here's a summary of the above year 2006 events schedule to print for your refrigerator!
For event location directions and other information, call 413-499-9343 9:00-4:00 weekdays.
Website courtesy of Clark W. Nicholls, PHS 1968 CWNicholls@aol.com