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Dec. 22, 2004

Winter Events Offer an Escape for Folks Suffering from Cabin Fever

OSWEGO COUNTY -- Does winter weather give you cabin fever? There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor and indoor recreation this winter in Oswego County. Try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, learn to identify animals in the winter wilderness by their tracks, or watch sled dogs race across wooded trails. Take part in an ice fishing derby or see vintage snowmobiles.

All these activities are taking place in Oswego County, and are listed in the "Winter" Calendar of Events distributed by the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism.

"In 2005, county residents and visitors have many opportunities to get outside and experience for the first time a wide variety of winter sports that they may continue to enjoy in the coming years," said Christine Gray, Director of the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism. The brochure is available through the Department of Promotion and Tourism, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126, and is posted on the county Website at www.oswegocounty.com

Following is a sample of activities taking place:

"Winter Trails" gives you a chance to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Salmon Hills Resort in Redfield from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8. All ages are welcome. There will be product demonstrations, clinics, guided nature hikes and door prizes. Admission is free. For more information call 599-7008 or go to www.salmonhills.com

Tug Hill "Try It" 25K/12K Ski Race will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, starting at 9:30 a.m. from Civilian Conservation Corps Camp on county Route 90 in Mannsville. Races include Classical Citizens X-C ski race, ESG Open/Masters and Scholastic Qualifiers. Registration will be held at Sandy Creek Central School from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14, and 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15. For admission fees and further information call 298-6993 or go to www.tughillskiclub.com

Rock Maple Racing Snocross takes place at the New Oswego Speedway on Jan. 15 and 16. Gates open at 7 a.m. and racing begins at 9 a.m. each day. Over 400 snowmobile racers will compete in over 20 classes of events on the specially constructed snocross course on the infield area at the speedway. To purchase tickets and for more information call 342-0646 or go to www.oswegospeedway.com

Tracks and Traces will teach you how to identify tracks and recognize signs of animals from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Rice Creek Field Station, Oswego. For this indoor and outdoor program wear warm clothing and bring a mug and spoon for a hot beverage. An adult must accompany children 7 years old or younger. Admission is $5. Pre-registration and payment are required before Jan. 14. For more information call 312-7961.

25th Annual Tug Hill Tourathon 50K/25K takes place Saturday, Feb. 5, starting at 9 a.m. from Winona State Forest in Boylston. Races include Classical Citizens Ski Race and NYSSRA Point Series Race for all ages and abilities. Many prizes will be awarded including best time, furthest distance traveled to race, and best costume. Registration will be held at Sandy Creek Central School from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5. For admission fees and more information call 298-6993 or go to www.tughillskiclub.com

5th Annual Great Eastern Whiteout will be held Feb. 11 to 13, 7 a.m. to dusk at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek. Enjoy an antique snowmobile show plus vintage snowmobile races. Admission is $6 for adults and children 8 years old or younger are free. For more information call 387-3873.

Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association Annual Ice Fishing Derby takes place Saturday, Feb 12 until 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 13 until 3 p.m. Adult and youth divisions will fish for perch and northerns. Prizes awarded. Registration is $5 for adult and $3 for youth division. You must register in advance at the Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association Clubhouse. For more information call 387-6310 or visit www.sandypond.net on the Internet.

Weekend Ice Fishing Derby on Oneida Lake will be held at the Big Bay Marina in Central Square, starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 19 and ending at 3 p.m. Feb. 20. Prizes will be awarded for the largest calico, perch and walleye. Registration is $5. For more information call 676-2223 or go to www.BigBayBoats.com

Ducks and gulls of Oswego Harbor are featured in this winter waterfowl birding event at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Rice Creek Field Station, Oswego. During the winter, the harbor and river are filled with arctic birds that are hard to find elsewhere. For this indoor and outdoor program wear warm wind/water resistant winter clothing and bring binoculars. The event is not recommended for children. Registration is $12. Pre-registration and payment is required before Feb. 10. For more information call 312-7961.

9th Annual Central New York Orienteering Snowgaine will be held March 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area near Williamstown. Teams of experienced winter enthusiasts enjoy this map and compass timed endurance event using any non-motorized means of travel (feet, snowshoes, skis, mountain bikes). Advance registration is required. For registration fees and more information call 598-3919 or 472-6518.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Rice Creek Field Station, Oswego. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and the establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs. The program is designed for K - 12 teachers and people 5 to 18 years old. Admission is free. Pre-registration is required before March 2. For more information call 312-7961.

Salmon Hills Resort Ski Fest in Redfield takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Learn all about cross-country skiing with free mini lessons plus gear and wax demonstrations. Refreshments available. Admission is free. For more information call 599-7008 or go to www.salmonhills.com

For a complete listing of events in the "Winter" brochure contact the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, located at the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, phone (315) 349-8322 or visit the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com.

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