CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Magic acts, carnival games and “The Mad Whittler” are among Sugarloaf’s many offerings during February vacation, Feb. 17-22.

Rangeley native Rodney “The Mad Whittler” Richard will give chain saw art demonstrations at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the base of Sawduster Chair. There will be a drawing for kids to win a carved bear cub and tiny whittled bunnies. Hot chocolate will be served. The event will be repeated at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, face-painting and ice cream are on tap for Festival Night Tuesday, Feb. 19. The evening will start with a torchlight parade and fireworks on the Landing at 6:30 p.m. Activities will move inside to the King Pine Room at 7 p.m., with magician Conjuring Carroll performing. There will also be live music, a Chinese auction and Mad Science demonstrations. Cost is $5 per person.

Illusionist Jason Bishop will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the King Pine Room. From his double levitation to his Op-Art and plasma screen illusions, Bishop offers original state-of-the art magic. Each show features award-winning sleight of hand, illusions and close-up magic projected onto a huge movie screen. Admission is $6 in advance (purchase at guest services), $8 the day of the show.

For information on activities for families who stay the weekend and on ski-and-stay packages for the nights of Feb. 17-21, call 1-800-THE LOAF or visit

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