Frostival ushers in a happy new year

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Danielson - posted Mon., Jan. 7, 2013
Kayce Edwards and Alexis Auger love their new faces at the Frostival. Photos by D. Coffey.
Kayce Edwards and Alexis Auger love their new faces at the Frostival. Photos by D. Coffey.

The sound of wood being carved into art by a chainsaw greeted revelers at Davis Park in Danielson on New Year's Eve. “Eric the Fun-Guy” sent wood chips flying as he began the first of many carvings that night.

As a crowd gathered, the scent of maple cotton candy wafted over from Fabyan Sugar Shack's booth, set up nearby. Soon the sound of pounding hooves could be heard. They grew louder as draft horses from Roll Haven Farm pulled wagons filled with riders up and down Main Street.

The Killingly Park and Recreation Department's annual Frostival was off to a splendid start.

From Davis Park to Water Street, Main Street was turned into a winter play land. The family-friendly event attracted scores of kids and parents. With fire trucks sporting huge spotlights, the street turned into a bright pedestrian byway.

There were events scheduled to please almost everyone. There was face-painting and caricature drawing, wagon rides and safari rides. A handbell choir, a folk duo, and a rock and roll band entertained young and old alike. Remote-controlled car racing, video games and a menagerie of snakes and Australian bearded dragons were on hand.

All of it was free, except for the food, which was easy to find up and down the street. Area restaurants offered discounts and snacks were plentiful.

Business owners kept their doors open and made their businesses available as venues for the performers. Jasmyne Banks watched as Bill Dougal drew a caricature of her nephew Jeremiah Quinn inside First Niagara Bank. The 6-year-old sat patiently while Dougal sketched in his face, eyebrows and nose. “I think they have great things for the kids,” Banks said.

Downstairs in a small auditorium, Maddy Hutchins joined the Yankee Dogs in a rendition of “Desperado,” while her grandmother listened proudly. The teen was invited onto the stage to sing. “I was joking with them,” she said. “I said I knew the song. Could I sing it from the audience?” She got her wish.

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