The 10-Mile Foot Race organized by Dan and Renee Dominie has been a highlight of Colton’s Winterfest for eighteen years. Over the years many entrants have been local to the area but many also have come from Montreal, Ottawa, Cornwall, Watertown, and beyond. According to Dan Dominie, “among the race champions there have been professional and/or world class road racers, marathoners, triathletes and ultra-runners, collegiate All-Americans, exceptional high school talents, and some other “damn good” local athletes young and old.” On Saturday, January 26, participants are encouraged to go to the Pancake Breakfast at the High Falls Masonic Lodge starting at 7am and/or other food events afterward.

The 10-Mile Foot Race organized by Dan and Renee Dominie has been a highlight of Colton’s Winterfest for eighteen years. Over the years many entrants have been local to the area but many also have come from Montreal, Ottawa, Cornwall, Watertown, and beyond. According to Dan Dominie, “among the race champions there have been professional and/or world class road racers, marathoners, triathletes and ultra-runners, collegiate All-Americans, exceptional high school talents, and some other “damn good” local athletes young and old.” On Saturday, January 26, participants are encouraged to go to the Pancake Breakfast at the High Falls Masonic Lodge starting at 7am and/or other food events afterward.

The third and last weekend of the 2019 Winterfest in Colton takes place on January 25-27.

Final weekend festivities kick off with two food events on Friday, January 25—Dinner at Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) featuring mac and cheese and goulash plus Fondue at Higley Flow State Park in the Trails Lodge. The Dinner event in the school cafeteria will take place from 4-7pm during a JV basketball game. And for the Fondue event, taking place from 5:30-7:30pm during night skiing, pre-registration is required by contacting Rose Rivezzi (315-212-1750) of Big Spoon Kitchen.

On Saturday morning the High Falls Masonic Lodge will hold a Pancake Breakfast at its facility on Main Street from 7-11am. This gives folks time to eat before competing in the 10-Mile Foot Race or before going to the Health and Craft Fairs. Race day registration for the 10-Miler starts in the school cafeteria at 7am. And the Health and Craft Fairs go from 9am to 3pm in the school gymnasium. Vendors for the Craft Fair need to contact Grace Hawley no later than January 25.

During the Craft Fair there will be a variety of vendors selling knitted goods, jewelry, wood crafts, and more. Also there will be a ‘Carnival Corner’ for kids hosted by the CPCS Class of 2022 with face painting, henna, prizes, and more. And the town’s Tourism & Beatification Committee will be selling a variety of products including barn quilts painted with the help of school art students. The Craft Fair also is the final opportunity to participate in the Silent Auction of Gift Baskets. The auction of fourteen themed gift baskets jam packed full of goodies benefits the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville.

Other activities at CPCS on Saturday include the NYS Snowmobile Safety Course from 8am to 4pm sponsored by the Sno-Skippers and St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association; a Free Clothing Giveaway from 8am to 6pm by the Colton-Pierrepont Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA); annual Chilifest from 10am to 2:30pm by the Class of 2023; and a new STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) event by the PTSA from 1-3pm.

Also on Saturday there will be a White Elephant Sale from 9am to 3pm at the Colton Methodist Church in the hamlet of Colton plus Wine Tasting from 1-4pm at Higley Hooch in the hamlet of South Colton. Lastly a Tap Takeover by Southern Tier Brewing will start at 2pm at Raquette River Pub on Main Street with live music by Alternate Motives from 8:30pm to 12:30am.

Winterfest concludes on Sunday, January 27 in the school Auditorium with an Educational Wildlife Presentation by Mark Manske of Adirondack Raptors. During the presentation the winning ticket for the Owl Barn Quilt, painted by CPCS students and others, will be drawn. Tickets for the 100 tickets being sold are just $5 each with the proceeds supporting the Neighborhood Center.

The complete Winterfest schedule is available on the town’s website (www.townofcolton.com) and hard copies can be picked up in the Colton Town Hall on Main Street as well as at festival events. And Grace Hawley (315-262-2439), as chair of the planning committee, can be called for more information.