Let Fly The (Sled) Dogs Of Winter

Lyman’s 38th Annual Winterfest happens this weekend, Saturday Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, in Middlefield, Connecticut.

Dog sledding on snow Sunday only; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with members of the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club. Watch these beautiful and hard-working dogs and their drivers perform mushing demonstrations.

Or check out ice carver and former national champion Bill Covitz’s magic ways with shaping frozen water into art. Skiiing and snowboarding demonstrations. Climb inside the igloo, take a ride onboard a horse-drawn wagon rides or try an apple pie workshop (for children). Free admission (and food samples while they last).

Okay, stay in and listen to the weatherman, or take a gander at your barometer and head out to celebrate winter in New England.

The village of Chester will host the 20th Annual Winter Carnivale in Chester Center on Sunday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Food by local restaurants and the Chester Rotary, street performers, an ice carving competition (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind 4 Water St.)

The “Chilly Chili Cook Off” will be held at the Chester Hose Company Fire House, 6 High Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with all proceeds donated to the Chester Hose Company. For $5, visitors can taste the varieties of chili and vote for favorites.

Call (860) 526-0841 for more information.

And don’t miss the tractor parade on Main Street in Chester, beginning at 2 p.m. at North Quarter Park. “Iron Steed Awards” will go to first, second and third places for the most festively decorated machines.