Jandreau wins Rally ski prize

FORT KENT, Maine — With fog, rain and unseasonably warm temperatures, the fifth annual Rally in the Valley Winter Festival was held Feb. 25 at the Four Seasons Outdoor Club in Madawaska.

Nearly two dozen volunteers from Northern Maine Medical Center and the club helped kick off the event and were ready to take on Mother Nature.

Accompanied by parents and friends, 23 children, ranging from 2 to 12 years of age, registered to participate in the program, although the rain did keep a few at home. The festival featured five events: snowman relay, snow tubing, a hula hoop relay, sharks and minnows and an obstacle course. In addition to those events, participants could refine their ski skills, as well as learn new ones, with Colin Jandreau, FSOC president.

Jandreau said, “This is what it’s all about — kids coming out with family, learning new skills and having fun.”

Participants were free to go into the lodge to warm up to chicken stew, ployes and hot chocolate, as well as enjoy healthy snacks sponsored by the Acadia Federal Credit Union.

The event ended with a drawing for a Rossignol junior cross country ski package made possible by the Daigle Oil Company and The Ski Shop. The lucky winner was 3-year-old Garrett Jandreau, son of Tanya and Travis Jandreau. Garrett has not yet been on skis but his dad says this will be the motivation for his son to pick up the sport and join his brother, Tristen, who has been skiing for three years.

For more information about other events at the Four Seasons Outdoor Club, visit Plans are already underway for next year’s event to promote healthy choices and opportunities for enjoying the outdoors in the St. John Valley.

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