This past weekend, Bridgton proved once again that this area has more to offer than lazy summer days in the shade, fall foliage, and loon calls.
Up to 5,000 people - and dozens of dogs - showed up to watch and participate in this year's version of the Musher's Bowl Winter Carnival - offering a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities stretched over a 10 day period, ending last Sunday.
While the focus of many was on the dog sledding (and why not) others could participate in, or just watch, such varied activities as ice golf, broomball, and skijoring - that's where a dog pulls a human on skis.
Many signed up for a dogsled ride and others got a free ride on a snowmobile. There was a ping pong tournament, a photography contest, a dodgeball elimination tournament, and a biathalon (that's that crazy combination of Nordic skiing and shooting rifles at targets.)
Plus, there's the ever-popular jumping through the hole in the ice at Highland Lake affectionately called "Freezin' for a Reason", that benefits a local animal shelter.
All in all it was called a great success by Greater Bridgton Chamber of Commerce executive director Mike McClellan. In fact, he's already casting about for more activities to add to next year's program.
Oh, I forgot to tell you the best part - admission to everything was one dollar!
Click here to read a local newspaper article on the Musher's Bowl.