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Join the Fun at the Colchester Winter Carnival

The 34th An2017-wc-logonual Colchester Winter Carnival is coming up on February 3, 4, & 5 at the Colchester High School!  This year’s theme is “Around the World,” and will include a Passport Contest where you can pick up your passport at the entrance on Saturday and learn about the many cultures of the world as you enjoy the attractions and performances.  Collect all of the stamps and you could win a prize.  And don’t forget about the annual Colchester’s Got Talent show on Friday night!  Come out and cheer on your friends and neighbors as they perforimg_0027m their talents on stage.  Skip the lines and purchase your tickets early at the locations listed below, or get your admission bracelet at the Info Booth on the day of the event.
Admission bracelets are $7.00 each (ages two and under free) and include entry to almost every attraction and performance during the whole weekend.  See below for a complete schedule of events.  We can’t wait to see you there!

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*All events at Colchester High School, unless noted

Friday, February 3, 2017

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM                 Winter Carnival Information Booth


Saturday, February 4, 2017

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM              Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast (additional fee)

9:30 AM - 3:15 PM                Winter Carnival Information Booth

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              Passport Contest

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              Laser Tag with Colchester Paintball

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              Chair Massages with Krista Wilbur

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              Horse Drawn Hay Rides

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              Marc Hughes Caricatures

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              Pirate Dan

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              The Big Blue Trunk

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              Arts & Crafts Room

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              Playdough Extravaganza

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              Inflatable Obstacle Course

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              Pony Rides

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              Face Painting with Face Mania!

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              Henna Tattoos

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM              SNOWZILLA!!! – OUTSIDE

10:30 AM                                Chili Contest (additional fee)

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM           PERFORMANCE: Jon Gailmor

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM              Food Concessions (additional fee)

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM              Balloon Animals with the Gratto Family Stilt Walkers

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM              Sugar on Snow & Maple Cotton Candy

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM              Fat Bike Demos with Malletts Bay Bicycle & Ski Shop

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM               PERFORMANCE: Studio 3 Dance Company

Sunday, February 5, 2017

12:20 PM - 2:05 PM               Open Skate with CPD Officers (Leddy Park, Burlington)

Winter Carnival Bracelets: $7.00 per bracelet

Children Ages 2 & Under FREE!

Purchase Bracelets at:

* Biben’s ACE Hardware

* Burnham Memorial Library

* Colchester Parks & Recreation

* Mazza’s General Store



This inflatable toboggan slide is made for adults and children. This is a massive attraction simulating a slide down a snow-covered hill. Riders slide down on their snow pants for a fast ride to the bottom of this 35-foot tall slide. And it’s the only one in the United States! It has tremendous WOW factor!


Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast                                               8:30 -11:00 AM

The Lion’s Club of Colchester will be hosting the Pancake Breakfast.  What a way to get the day off to a great start!   $3.00 under six years of age, $5.00 over 6 years of age, maximum of $15 per family of 4.  Location: CHS Cafeteria.

Chili Contest                                                                              10:30 AM

Think you have the best chili in town? Well then, test your chili against your neighbor, and most importantly help support Blue Star Mothers of Vermont (BSMVT) by signing up. BSMVT is a non-profit 501(c)3 Veterans Service Organization whose mission is to support and advocate for our Soldiers and Veterans while also being dedicated to honoring and assisting families of our Fallen. $15.00 to enter with all proceeds going to BSMVT. The top 3 will win a trophy & bragging rights. Stop by the Colchester Parks & Recreation Office to sign up or download a Chili Contest Entry Form from the Parks & Rec website ( or at  Registration Deadline 1/28. Location: CHS, Cafeteria.



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CHS Students Travel to DC for the Presidential Inauguration

Last night, CHS staff and families gathered in excitement for the send-off of the “Election 2016” class as they depart from Colchester, VT and travel to Washington, DC to attend the inauguration ceremony for the 45th President of the United States.


dsc_8324This trip is the culmination of an after-school elective course called “Election 2016” which allowed students to conduct in-depth research surrounding the 2016 campaign season and the electoral process. There was significant interest in the course and the 15 students who were ultimately invited to participate were chosen through a highly competitive application process. Throughout the first semester, students were responsible for writing their own research questions and conducting ongoing research related to the election.dsc_8325

All three local news outlets were there to capture the send-off. They interviewed the students and their parents about the class, the knowledge they gained about the democratic process, and their excitement surrounding the 4 day trip to DC.

Although the Inauguration is the focal point of the trip, the group plans to see much of the city. They’ll be visiting the White House, Ford’s Theatre, Museum of African American History and Culture, Arlington National Cemetery, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Complex, take guided tours of the National Cathedral and Capitol Hill grounds, and see many of the major monuments (Korean and Vietnam War Memorials; Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King monuments).


For most of the class, this will be their first time visiting the nation’s capital.