GRAY – The Gray Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Gray Community Endowment Corporation, is sponsoring the third annual Gray Winter Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Gray-New Gloucester Middle School and the Libby Hill Forest Trails.

The carnival will feature opportunities for all ages to compete in friendly races or just try out the trails and equipment on snowshoes, skis and sleds. Bring your own equipment or try out equipment provided through Sebago Outfitters and Gorham Bike and Ski Shop.

Libby Hill Forest Trails is a 10 kilometer network of woodland trails, designed by John Morton, and built and maintained by community volunteers on land owned by the town of Gray, Hancock Land Management and SAD 15. Libby Hill trailheads at the Gray-New Gloucester Middle School and the top of Libby Hill Road, will serve as the focus for the day’s events.

A special ceremony will be included to recognize the donation by brothers Richard and Wilbert Libbey of two parcels of land totaling 45 acres to the Gray Community Endowment Corporation. The forested land is contiguous with the existing Libby Hill Forest Trails and will support expansion of the network of trails.

The Gray Community Endowment Corporation, a philanthropic, community based organization dedicated to developing a capital funding source for the betterment of community life in Gray, will start a campaign to acquire or obtain use of land in the Libby Hill area.

The schedule of events is: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., ski races for kids and adults; 11 a.m. to noon, sliding events; noon to 12:30 p.m., ceremony to thank the Libbeys for their land donation; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., snowshoe races; 1:30 to 2 p.m. ice fishing lessons; 2 to 2:30, fun.

For further information on the carnival, contact Dean Bennett, Gray Parks and Recreation director, at 657-2323 or e-mail: [email protected]; Carl Holmquist, president, Gray Community Endowment Corp., 657-2173 or e-mail: [email protected]

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