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Carnival highlights season's bright side

An array of activities will also be held in Schenectady's Central Park, including ice-skating, hockey and broom ball, snow tubing, hayrides, ice fishing and a snow softball game.

Karen DePaul and Josh Okun, Dan Swartz, John Tree, Joel Eglintine and Hannah Imbesi will provide musical entertainment throughout the day in the park.

In the chili challenge, 10 local restaurants will compete for the bragging rights to Schenectady's best chili.

Participating restaurants include Pinhead Susan's, Homestyle Pizza, No Beans About It and Earthly Delights. Tasting and voting on the best chili is free. The challenge will take place in the Central Park casino.

"Getting out and enjoying winter is a part of life here in the Northeast, and we're excited to be able to offer a day of winter fun for families in our community," said Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. "It's a continuation of our year-round efforts to provide a wide array of opportunities for residents to enjoy recreational activities that Schenectady County has to offer."

Those interested in learn-to-ski lessons or discount tickets for use during the Winter Carnival should call Maple Ski Ridge at 381-4700.

A complete schedule of Winter Carnival activities is available at www.schenectadycounty.com.

For information, call 388-4355.""

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