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86th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival takes place Feb. 19-22

February 2, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The 86th annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run - and only carbon neutral - winter carnival in the country, will take place Thursday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 22. The public is invited to attend the ice show, both Nordic and alpine ski competitions, and various outdoor events such as fireworks, broomball and snow sculpting.

Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 19, the public is invited to attend a bonfire and fireworks show on Battell Beach, located behind Battell Hall on College Street (Route 125). The bonfire will begin at 8 p.m., and the fireworks will take place around 8:45 p.m.

On Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, snowsculpting and broomball games will take place throughout the day on McCullough Lawn outside McCullough Student Center, located on Old Chapel Road off College Street (Route 125).

Also on Friday and Saturday, some of the finest collegiate skiers will compete in Nordic and alpine races that are regional qualifying events for the NCAA. Competitions take place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock and the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, both located on Route 125.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, visitors of all ages are invited to attend the Winter Carnival ice show, "Fire and Ice." The show features the Middlebury Figure Skating Club, whose members include Middlebury College students, faculty and staff, as well as children and adults from the local community. Kendall Wyckoff of Panton, who last month placed fifth at the United States Figure Skating National Championship in Junior Ladies, and pairs team Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton, 2009 Eastern Sectional Bronze Medalists at the Novice level, will be guest skaters. The show will include hip-hop, ice dance and much more. The event, which is also hosted by the Champlain Valley Skating Club and sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, will be performed again at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. 

Admission to the ski events is free. Tickets for the ice show are $5, available online at www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets or with cash or check at the door. For more information about these events, contact the Middlebury College Center for Campus Activities at 802-443-3100.

To follow is a listing of events:

Middlebury College Winter Carnival 2009

Campus Events:
Thursday, Feb. 19
8 p.m.   Bonfire
8:45 p.m. Fireworks  
Battell Beach, located behind Battell Hall on College Street (Route 125)

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21
Snowsculpting activities and broomball games will take place throughout the day.
McCullough Lawn, located on Old Chapel Road off College Street (Route 125)

Ice Show:

Saturday, Feb. 21
7:30 p.m.
"Fire and Ice"
The show will feature the Middlebury Figure Skating Club, whose members include Middlebury College students, faculty and staff, as well as children and adults from the local community. Kendall Wyckoff of Panton and pairs team Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton will be guest skaters.
Kenyon Arena, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

Sunday, Feb. 22
1 p.m.
"Fire and Ice"
The show will feature the Middlebury Figure Skating Club, whose members include Middlebury College students, faculty and staff, as well as children and adults from the local community. Kendall Wyckoff of Panton and pairs team Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton will be guest skaters.
Kenyon Arena, located on South Main Street (Route 30)

Ski Events:
Friday, Feb. 20
Alpine Events, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, Route 125
9:30 a.m. Men's Slalom - First Run
10:30 a.m. Women's Slalom - First Run
12:30 p.m. Men's Slalom - Second Run
1:45 p.m. Women's Slalom - Second Run
        
Nordic Events, Rikert Ski Touring Center, Ripton, Route 125
10 a.m. Men's 10K Classic
11:15 a.m. Women's 10K Classic

Saturday, Feb. 21
Alpine Events, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, Route 125
9:30 a.m. Women's Giant Slalom - First Run
10:30 a.m. Men's Giant Slalom - First Run
12:30 p.m. Women's Giant Slalom - Second Run
1:30 p.m. Men's Giant Slalom - Second Run
      Followed by Nordic Exhibition Sprint
1 hour after conclusion - Awards Ceremony

Nordic Events, Rikert Ski Touring Center, Ripton, Route 125
10 a.m. Women's 3x5K Freestyle Relay
11:30 a.m. Men's 3x5K Freestyle Relay

Admission to the ski events is free. Tickets for the ice show are $5, available now at the online box office at www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets, or payable with cash or check at the door. For more information about these events, contact the Middlebury College Center for Campus Activities at 802-443-3100.