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Trout Lake News for Jan. 10

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Nicole Bull

Our abundance of snowfall this winter can be appreciated at the upcoming 7th annual Cabin Fever Festival, returning to Trout Lake Jan.18-20. This free community-wide event offers something for everyone to enjoy.

This year's festival will begin on Friday night, Jan.18, at the school with a soup contest at 5 p.m., a community dinner and potluck at 5:30, followed by a slideshow presentation on exploring Yellowstone National Park in winter at 7.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, returning events include the cross-country ski race at Pineside Sno-Park beginning at 9:30 a.m., a guided snowshoe walk at 10 a.m. (meet at Mt. Adams Ranger District parking lot), and outdoor/indoor games for kids ages 4-10 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the school.

Also during the day, Cascade Mountain and Ropes will be offering sled dog rides from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school. At the same time, Bill Smith's company will be loaning cross-country skis, snowshoes, and ski-sleds for people to try out on the school grounds. This is a great opportunity to test out some winter gear!

For those wishing to stay indoors, a Scrabble tournament is being held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the grange. Teams of two will be paired up, so come challenge your neighbors and friends!

A new event added this year to the festival will be the Family Contra Dance being held Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the grange. Join the fun of learning new dances and listening to the live band. A professional caller will teach all the dances, so no experience is necessary. This is a free event, but small donations will be gladly accepted to help offset the costs.

The final event of the weekend will be on Sunday, Jan. 20. The Forest Service will host an Open House at Peterson Prairie Cabin from noon to 4:30 p.m. Skiers and snowmobilers are invited to stop in to warm up with refreshments in the historic guard station. The ski route is approximately four miles roundtrip from Atkisson Sno-Park.

The festival organizers would like to thank Marjorie Mitchell for sharing her graphic design talents on the poster. Take a good look at it around town for an event that interests you.

For more information, call Camden McMahon at 395-2617. Hope to see many of you curing your case of cabin fever!

Sandra Walters writes a note to friends and neighbors in Trout Lake on behalf of herself and her family expressing gratitude for the support they have received from so many of you on the death of their beautiful son, grandson, brother and nephew Neal Ball.


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