Canastota: Snowblast kicks-off Friday

Plans have been finalized and the village is buzzing about the third annual Snowblast weekend scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9.

The event begins with "kick-off" parties on Friday night at the Rusty Rail. In previous years, more than 600 people attended the kick-off, according to event organizer Carla DeShaw.

The adult party will be held in the ballroom with entertainment by the Joe Angerosa Band, an Elvis tribute band and local favorite. A buffet will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring dinner music provided by the Canastota High School Jazz Band. Joe Angerosa will perform from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets for the adult party can be purchased at the village office and sell for $8, or $10 at the door.

The teen party, open to children from seventh through 12th grade will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. and features a DJ. Pizza, chicken fingers and veggies round out the menu.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the high school's main officer or the village office and sell for $5 or $7 at the door.

Saturday events will take place throughout the village and includes a snow sculpture contest, the ever-popular meatball cook-off, broom ball the human dogsled race, snow volleyball, couch races and more.

A new addition to the event is a snowman decorating contest that will be held at the Boxing Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. to noon. The contest is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded for different categories. For parents who have children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade, bus transportation will be provided from Roberts Street School to the BHOF from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Children should bring a bag lunch as the bus will pick-up at the Boxing Hall of Fame at 12:30 p.m. and transport children to the 1 p.m. Bubbleman show at the Canastota Public Library, another new event. Judging for the Snowman decorating contest will be at noon. Children will be transported back to Roberts Street at 2 p.m. for pick-up. Parents are welcome to ride the bus with their children.

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