January 16, 2012
DeRuyter holds Winter Carnival
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Gordie Peck looks on as Steve Breed brushes barbecue sauce on chicken Saturday at the Tioughnioga Winter Carnival in DeRuyter. The men are members of the Quad County Riders ATV Club that sponsored one of the barbecues.
DeRUYTER — Winter came just in time for the Central New York Winter Carnival in DeRuyter on Saturday.
A late snowstorm Friday morning dumped more than 6 inches of snow on the ground.
The three-day carnival kicked off Friday night with a bread and soup dinner at St. Lawrence Church.
The carnival was a little smaller than years past, as the talent show and several other events were canceled.
Sue Braungart, a cashier at the Big M Supermarket, said the carnival brings a mid-winter boost to the rural town but the snow was key to the weekend.
“It was some much needed snow,” she said. “If people come out to support it, it can definitely be a success.”
Saturday had the main events, starting off with a 5-K road race at 9 a.m., followed by two chicken barbecue fundraisers, children’s basketball games, and a chili-cook off at the United Church of DeRuyter.
Over 45 runners braved single-digits, snow-covered streets and icy winds to the finish line.
Rebecca Cancano and Ellen VanSlyke of Cortland said despite the snow-covered streets and low temperatures, the run was worth it.
“This was our first run of the year,” VanSlyke said, “It was a bit icy out there and its difficult to run in the snow, but it felt really good to get that first race in.”
The barbecues supported the Cuyler Fire Department and the Quad County Riders ATV Club.
Randy Ellis, a member of the club, said the barbecue was one of the club’s main fundraisers, but wondered if people would brave the cold to come out and support the club.
“The snow helps a lot but people may end up staying in,” he said.
Tim Etter, local photographer and business owner said carnivals and festivals are important for bringing the community out for a good time.
“I helped organize the chili cook-off because I thought it would be a good event,” he said. “In towns like this it can be tough to do business but it’s filled with good people. If you ever need help, people are always there.”
Over a dozen pots of chili were entered, including a traditional beef, a bean chili and a white garlic chicken chili.
Lois Damon won first place while Linda Springer’s entry voted the people’s choice.
Limestone Crick, a folk acoustic band, provided the entertainment and judged the chili contest.
The carnival wrapped up Sunday with a chicken wing contest.
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