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Rescheduled Amherst Winter Fest draws 1,500 people

  • Isabelle Palmisano,8,of Hadley roasting marshmallows at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.<br/>

    Isabelle Palmisano,8,of Hadley roasting marshmallows at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
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  • Audrey Barker-Plotkin, of Amherst, with her puppy Ziggy, getting him to "shake" as part of the tricks portion of the dog show at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Audrey Barker-Plotkin, of Amherst, with her puppy Ziggy, getting him to "shake" as part of the tricks portion of the dog show at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sledders at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Sledders at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Isabelle Palmisano,8,of Hadley roasting marshmallows at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Isabelle Palmisano,8,of Hadley roasting marshmallows at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • front, Trudie Seterdahl,10 of amherst, and back, Emma Buyea,9, of Northfield, at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    front, Trudie Seterdahl,10 of amherst, and back, Emma Buyea,9, of Northfield, at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lola Guidera,6, of Amherst takes a fall at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Lola Guidera,6, of Amherst takes a fall at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Andrew Furman, a Umass student, golfing at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Andrew Furman, a Umass student, golfing at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Aaron Valitt,10, of Amherst at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Aaron Valitt,10, of Amherst at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Nikolas Ferraro,2, of Granby works on a snow sculpture as part of the <br/>Amherst Winterfest activities  held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Nikolas Ferraro,2, of Granby works on a snow sculpture as part of the
    Amherst Winterfest activities held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Miles Corley,6, of Amherst, makes his way back up the hill at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Miles Corley,6, of Amherst, makes his way back up the hill at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.


    Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Isabelle Palmisano,8, of Hadley at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Isabelle Palmisano,8, of Hadley at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.<br/>

    Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
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  • Jude Holesovsky,8, of Leverett at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Jude Holesovsky,8, of Leverett at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.


    Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jaydon Perez,11, of Amherst at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Jaydon Perez,11, of Amherst at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Chelah schwartz,2, gets a high five from a snow man at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Schwartz is being held by a family friend, Emily Adams, of Amherst.

    Chelah schwartz,2, gets a high five from a snow man at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Schwartz is being held by a family friend, Emily Adams, of Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Isabelle Palmisano,8,of Hadley roasting marshmallows at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.<br/>
  • Audrey Barker-Plotkin, of Amherst, with her puppy Ziggy, getting him to "shake" as part of the tricks portion of the dog show at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Sledders at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Isabelle Palmisano,8,of Hadley roasting marshmallows at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • front, Trudie Seterdahl,10 of amherst, and back, Emma Buyea,9, of Northfield, at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Lola Guidera,6, of Amherst takes a fall at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Andrew Furman, a Umass student, golfing at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Aaron Valitt,10, of Amherst at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Nikolas Ferraro,2, of Granby works on a snow sculpture as part of the <br/>Amherst Winterfest activities  held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Miles Corley,6, of Amherst, makes his way back up the hill at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Isabelle Palmisano,8, of Hadley at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.<br/>
  • Jude Holesovsky,8, of Leverett at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Jaydon Perez,11, of Amherst at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Chelah schwartz,2, gets a high five from a snow man at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Schwartz is being held by a family friend, Emily Adams, of Amherst.

AMHERST — With 20 inches of fresh snow cover and clear, sunny skies, Amherst’s sixth-annual Winter Fest drew an estimated 1,500 people to partake in family fun.

“This is absolutely wonderful! We come every year but this is the first year in my memory that we have had this much snow,” Lumilla Pavolva of Amherst said. “This makes it really feel like a winter fest!” she said with a big smile.

Held Sunday afternoon, the event, hosted by the Friends of Amherst Recreation and the Cherry Hill Golf Course, had been slated for Saturday but was rescheduled after winter storm Nemo left the Valley under 18 to 24 inches of snow.

Barbara Bilz, assistant director of Leisure Services in Amherst, said she was happy with the turnout and surprised that all of the vendors, entertainment and volunteers were able to make it.

“Even though we had to move to Sunday, everybody that was supposed to show up yesterday made it here today,” Bilz said. “And our volunteers are great. They were here all day yesterday clearing snow and getting ready for today,” she said.

One of the features the volunteers worked on was building the “Super Pipe Sledder,” a mountain of snow from which sleds, tubes and snowboards could be launched.

“Oh, I am having a great time sledding!” Geoffrey Doyle, 10, of Amherst, exclaimed as he tromped back up the long snowy hill.

“This is the first time that we have been here,” said Geoffrey’s father, Jonathan Doyle. “It’s a beautiful day, the snow is great and there is a very nice crowd of people here.”

Popular activities included horse-drawn wagon rides provided by Muddy Brook Farm, a family ice sculpture contest, a cider donut-eating contest, wine and cheese tasting, a community bonfire and the traditional “Cardboard Classic,” which features homemade cardboard sleds.

While the aroma of wood smoke, hotdogs and fresh popcorn drifted past, two steps up on the clubhouse porch one could smell the sweet and spicy scent of chili wafting from the chili contest inside.

Atkins Farm Country Market, The Harp, Amherst Brewing Company, Chandler’s Restaurant and the Black Sheep Deli all provided their best homemade chili to be rated by festival-goers.

“We have been pretty busy in here,” said volunteer and chili server Michael Naylor, just before judging began. “It is just starting to slow down now,” he said.

This year, canine family members were invited to take part in the “Best in Snow” dog show, where they were judged on things such as the most “ear-resistible” ears, best smile, best tail wagger and best fur coat.

Overall winner of the Best in Snow show was Buffy the boxer, owned by Lindsey Ziemba of Pelham. Ziemba received a gift certificate worth $25 to Petco and Buffy was presented with a trophy, a tennis ball, some doggie treats and a blue ribbon.

Ziggy, an 8-month-old puppy owned by Jeremy and Audrey Barker-Plotkin, walked away with the prize for the “most ear-resistible ears.”

“We brought her for the show, but we would have had her come with us regardless of the contest,” Audrey Barker-Plotkin said.

Winter Fest traditionally concludes with a 30-minute fireworks display at 6 p.m.

“We originally started this event just to give people something to do in winter,” said Stacey Lecuivre of Amherst Leisure Services. “Now it is this big community event that people of all ages and abilities come out for. It is just great winter fun!” she said.

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