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January 2021
Newfound Lake Life
First Bristol Winter Carnival
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fancy skating and skiing in the af- ternoon and a concert and ball in the evening. Fishing on the lake Saturday morning was followed in the afternoon by ski jumping on Sugar Hill and sports at the park and movies at the Lyric in the evening.” “The Big Ox Pa- rade” had 36 teams of oxen en- tered in a variety of groupings hauling a variety of sleds and wagons. Film crews from Boston were in town to record some of the events. Because of the depth of the snow the events on the lake had to be canceled. The car- nival was declared a huge success and was held for a number of years. The carnival was given up during WW11. In 1948 the Bris- tol Community Center resumed hosting winter carnivals until the late 1900’s.
 The Pasquaney Snowshoe Club held its first winter carnival in Bristol in 1922. This three day event featured a variety of events and competitions and was at- tended by a few hundred people from local communities and as far away as Boston. Train service was available to Bristol and made it easy for the folks from the city to make an excursion. Once they arrived at the depot they were transported by sleigh to the Bristol Hotel and other lodgings in the area.
With all the planned activities much preparation was needed. A large skating rink was flooded on Kelley Park, a toboggan chute was constructed, and a ski jump was built on the slope across from St. Timothy on School Street. The January 12, 1922 Bristol Enterprise reported on all the
planned activities. Some of the events planned were a boys po- tato race on skis with a jackknife for the winner, horse racing and ice boating on the lake, tug of war, snowshoe races, greased pig chase, and other various compe-
The headline in the next
weeks paper read ”Three Days of Sport” . The weather had been superb with a foot of new fluffy snow. “The three day event kicked off on Thursday with mis-
cellaneous events on the park fol- lowed by a snowshoe hike and a sugaring off party at the Grange Hall (located on Spring Street). Friday was the big day, with im- promptu sports at the park in the morning; parade, novelty events,
   Enjoy the warmth of a roar- ing fire, s’mores, and humorous tales of Newfound adventures on January 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. with the Slim Baker Foun- dation.
Dick Tapply, the son of Wink Tapply, founder of the Tapply-Thompson Commu- nity Center, will tell stories of his father’s shenanigans and tales from the “good old days”. Share your own memories of Newfound and your hopes for the future.
Registration is required for this free event and is limited to nine participants to maintain a safe environment. Reserva- tions are first come, first serve. Email to
reserve your space today. Slim Baker’s full COVID-19 policies can be found at: SlimBaker. org/our-covid19-policy.
The Slim Baker Area is open year round for outdoor recre- ation via New Chester Moun- tain Road in Bristol, NH. The Slim Baker Foundation was es- tablished through a gift of land from Reba Hipson and gifts of support from Lucy Baker in memory of her late husband, local Fish and Game Officer Slim Baker. Comprised of 135 acres of land, the site includes numerous trails, camping areas and a lodge. More informa- tion about the Foundation and other upcoming activities can be obtained at:
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