Photos: Making the most of it at Berne Winter Festival

The Enterprise — Marcello Iaia

Despite it all, the Conklins were having fun in the snow at the Berne Winter Festival in the town park 24 hours after heavy rounds of snow came down Thursday through Friday. Joshua Conklin throws a football, standing up to his knees in fresh powder. His grandmother, Bonnie Conklin, relaxes, sitting in the snow.

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Steep fun: Elizabeth Thomas holds her daughter, Clara, steady in her sled before sending her down the slope constructed in the parking lot of the town park for the Berne Winter Festival on Feb. 15.

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Taking it on, Evan Thomas steps with snowshoes across the thick, fresh layer of snow that covered the Berne park along with the rest of the region as snow fell from Feb. 12 to 14. Children went snowshoeing, sledded down snow banks, created icy forts, and skated in the pavilion of the Berne Town Park Saturday to enjoy the snowy bounty of the season.

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Deep: Joshua Conklin's boots are his only parts not enveloped inside a large snowbank through which he and other boys dug a narrow tunnel on Saturday.

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Steady circles: Calvin Raymond, 4, skates at an even pace with his mother, Carey Raymond, following behind. The pavilion of the Berne Town Park was turned into an ice rink for a winter festival on Feb. 15. The event was organized by the youth council, of which Raymond is director and her father, Chuck Conklin, is a member.

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Grooming the ice, young skaters use snow shovels to scrape away the half-melted pieces of ice and slush from to prepare the rink for another round of skating at the Berne Town Park on Feb. 15. The rising temperatures since the pavilion was first filled caused the rink's surface to become uneven, Chuck Conklin, an organizer for the Berne Winter Festival, said on Saturday.

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Balance and bravery: Claire Scram, center, falls on an ice rink made for the winter festival on Saturday, where she landed many other attempts at a mid-air twirl.

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Leashed: Calvin Raymond, left, holds tight to rein in Tony, a Weimaranar excited by airborne snowballs and the sight of another dog near the bonfire at the Berne Winter Festival on Feb. 15.

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