The Willow Winter Carnival organizers must have fantastic weather forecasters. They schedule this years in advance and hit the weather perfectly. It was a bright, windless day and a balmy 20 degrees.
The carnival is two weekends long, the last weekend in January and the first weekend in February. Events were held all weekend including skijoring races, cross country ski races, snow shoe races and all sorts of other competitive and just-for-fun events. Most of the people attending were from Willow, Talkeetna, Wasilla, and Palmer.
We went primarily for the vintage snow machine show. People from all over were encouraged to drag or drive their old beaters and rebuilt machines to Willow Lake. My two brothers and I brought 5 old machines between us. Our kids had a great time riding around the lake on three old Skidoo Elans. The kids weren't very interested in the old snowmachines. As Jay said, "these are the kind of snowmobiles that are parked in the yard every day".
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