8th Annual Norway Winter Festival

February 16-25, 2018


The Snowshoe Festival features snowshoe walks, 5k and 10k snowshoe races, snowshoe games for the whole family, and a Valentine’s Day Dance featuring the Don Roy Trio.


Recognized in 2012 by the Maine Downtown Center as a uniquely Maine festival, the Snowshoe Festival returns for its seventh year to celebrate Norway’s rich cultural heritage of the arts (as in music), and crafts (as in snowshoe making). This festival receives support from Norway Downtown, Healthy Oxford Hills, the Western Foothills Land Trust, and the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.


Farmington celebrates Chester Greenwood who invented the ear muff, Kingfield has the Stanley Museum honoring the Stanley twins, and Rockland prides itself as the birthplace of Louise Nevelson and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Norway has its snowshoe industries and Mellie Dunham.


Norway, once self-proclaimed as “The Snowshoe Town of America” was home to four major snowshoe industries between 1850 and 1980: Snowcraft, Tubbs, H.H.Hosmer and Dunham.


Mellie was not only the first commercial snowshoe maker in town, outfitting Admiral Peary’s expedition to the North Pole, he was also a renowned fiddler who was commissioned by Henry Ford to play traditional fiddle music across the country. In honor of Mellie’s talents, the Norway Snowshoe Festival always involves a contra dance in addition to athletic and family related outdoor snowshoe events.


This year’s festival is also part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, which promotes outdoor activities across Maine.

2018 Annual Norway Winter Festival Activities


16 FRI 6pm

Mellie Dunham Contra Dance. $5. Norway Grange Hall. 15 Whitman St..


17 SAT 10am-2pm

2018 Snowshoe Festival. 2,5,10k races ($5/$10), Kid’s Games, Winter Wife Carry, Tug o’ War, Traditional Snowshoe Fashion Show.


18 SUN 10am

Fat Bike For Beer Race. 5k, 10k $25 entry. Pre-reg: www.runsignup.com. Roberts Farm Preserve.


19 MON 10am-2pm

MLK Ski Monday. Classic Ski Clinic 10-noon (see 1/27) followed by Free Family Fun Ski Event for all ages noon-2. Roberts Farm Preserve.


21 WED 1pm

Sledding at Shepard’s Farm Preserve for all ages. 121 Crockett Ridge Rd, Norway. Sponsored by Paricon, LLC.


24 SAT 9am- 3pm

Endurance Ski Challenge. Ski as many laps as you are able. Minimum $35 entry with pledges. Prizes for most pledges and most laps skied. Roberts Farm Preserve.


25 SUN 10am

Skijoring Clinic and Race. 10am clinic, 11 am race 2K/5K. $10 entry benefits Responsible Pet Care. Roberts Farm Preserve.

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