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40th Annual Stowe Winter Carnival

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The 40th Annual Stowe Winter Carnival is back. The first day of the 10-day carnival, it was all about the kids.

It's a local tradition where little visitors traveled far for some winter fun.

"We are from Maryland," said Ben Eagles.

The Kids Carnival Chaos kicks off the first of 14 events. Saturday kids collected their tokens and started the season off right. With bounce houses, face painting, and plenty of food, families made their way to Stowe Elementary School for a day of games and prizes.

"You can also do a silent auction with great toys and opportunities, as well as a raffle so there's something and the raffle is for every age under the sun," said volunteer Tori Faye.

While some gave the raffle and silent auction a shot, most of these carnies had their eyes on a few other things. As the winter carnival kicks off with a bang, organizers say they plan to keep the fun going with the Stowe Tour De Snow on Sunday.

"It's aimed at showing people what kind of games they can do and create in the winter, especially this year if there's no snow, how much fun you can still have doing things outside," Pascale Savard.

And with little snow hitting the green mountain state so far this season, organizers say the show must go on for the kids and the community.

"What makes me happy and gives me satisfaction is making other people happy and being involved with the community and getting that support and feedback," Faye said.

Saturday's feedback so far, has been nothing but smiles and as the carnival continues, there's plenty more fun to come.

Later on there will be a ski race and an ice carving competition.

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