In 2018, the Millinocket area hosted Winterfest. In the 1930’s, Millinocket held Snow Carnival. The 1936 snow carnival took place on a “perfect Sunday afternoon” and was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. There were skating races for boys and girls and a dog race. The dog race was won by Wolf, owned by John Richard. There was an opportunity for all ages to take part in skiing and tobogganing. In the sled races Albert Silver and Peter Pelkey were winners in their respective races. There was a horse race! Several horses competed in this three heat race, Charlie Boy, owned by GNP and driven by Walter Morrison, lost to Greta Harvester, owned and driven by Peter Barnett of Millinocket. A large group of young women dressed in colorful “sport togs” vied for the title of Snow Queen. The contestants passed in review in front of the bandstand where fifteen judges sat. The contestants could pose with skis, sled, toboggan or snowshoes. Miss Edwina Thibodeau of Houlton was chosen winner.
Everyone came to the Snow Carnival! A highlight was the arrival of two snow trains, from Houlton (eight passenger cars) and from Bangor (eleven passenger cars). These two trains brought in over 1000 people for the day. Arriving about 10:30 AM, the trains were met by the Millinocket Town Band and the American Legion bugle and drum corps. The snow patrons, in their colorful snow suits, took their places behind the American Legion group and the town band and they all marched into town from the train station. The out–of-town visitors included a large group from the University of Maine who came to enjoy the day and participate in events.
Registration for all events took place at the Opera House as did the trophy presentations later in the afternoon. After the awards, special movie features were shown. During the day, all the restaurants were prepared to feed large numbers. The Odd Fellows put on a dinner to benefit the Boy Scouts and the Great Northern Hotel had a special dinner. These dinners were served at noon as was the custom at the time.
The above information is from several news articles found in a scrapbook in the Laverty Collection at the museum.
*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos – still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or email@example.com. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.