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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Calendar > Arts and Culture

57th outing for Manor Ice Carnival: a joy for all ages!

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

By: Autumn Schanil | Democrat
Around 2:00 p.m. the Skating Races began, with races of all age categories taking place. Pictured from left, Aden Watts, Steven Brown, Gavin McKee, Osei Helper, Jenson Skalda, and Peter Pagan take off from the starting mark. Younger age groups did 1-2 laps around the ice while the older age groups did 3 laps around the ice. First, Second, and Third place finishers took their places atop a pedestal in the middle of the ice to claim their “Olympic style” medals.
LIVINGSTON MANOR — The 57th Annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival held Sunday at Rotary Park on Pleasant Street was just as eventful, exciting and full of cheer as in previous years.
Carnival Chairman, Diane Babich, assisted by many others in the community, put in a lot of work coordinating the event for all to enjoy.
Students from the Livingston Manor Central School arrived at Rotary Park around 9:00 a.m. to begin their snow sculpture entries based on a “Jurassic Park” theme. All four high school classes from 2016 to 2019 competed in the contest.

Snowstorm Jonas hit much of the East coast pretty hard, but left most of Sullivan County, including Livingston Manor, without seeing even a single snowflake. Because of the shortage of snow, many of the students had to look elsewhere for the white stuff: carrying bucketfuls back to the park to begin their sculpting.
Once finished, 3 local judges (Rob Eggleton, Peter Feinberg, and Autumn Schanil) scored the classes and their sculptures from a scale of 1-10 on the level of difficulty, ingenious use of materials, size, etc.
Kayleigh Gonzalez officially opened the Ice Carnival by singing the National Anthem and shortly after the winners of the sculpture contest were announced with the Class of 2018 taking First Place for their sculpture of a Mosasaurus, followed by the Class of 2016 in Second with a Stegosaurus. Third was taken by the Class of 2019, and Fourth by the Class of 2017.
The fun didn't stop there; a traditional parade of the 2016 Ice Carnival King and Queen and their court around the Walter Seeley Memorial Skating Rink followed. The King and Queen, Khris DiBartolo and Dakota Rogers, were announced Friday night at the Ice Carnival Dance at the Livingston Manor Central School.
The most impressive show of the day was the Skating Exhibition featuring figure skaters from the Skating Club of New York. Stephanie Chermick, Valerie Levine, Emilia Romagnoli, Tracey Lewis, Aubrie Roszell and Trisha Roohan performed individually to start followed by a group performance to end.
Around 2 p.m. Skating Races for all age categories, commenced with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers receiving “Olympic style” medals. Male and female skaters of the day went home with trophies.

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