There might not be much snow out there, but Newport celebrated winter regardless. The 100th Newport Winter Carnival kicked off on Friday with a torch run from Hanover to Newport.
The run retraced the route that John McCrillis took when he skied from Dartmouth to the Newport Winter Carnival in 1917. The torch, having been carried for 30 miles was then used by John McCrillis Jr. to light the Newport Winter Carnival torch, officially beginning Newport’s 100th Winter Carnival.
On Saturday, the featured event was the beard and mustache contest and an attempt at breaking the world’s record for the number of bearded people gathered in one place.
The record of 462 beards set in Newport in 2011 was not broken but the Grand Champion for best facial hair was won by Dylan Manly. Newport Winter Carnival continues all week with events scheduled every day through Valentine’s Day this Sunday.
Events include a yankee luau, skating games, the queen pageant Friday night, and many other events. A full list of events can be found on the Newport Winter Carnival website here.