OSWEGO COUNTY - The Tug Hill region is world-famous for its extreme snowfall, and folks in Oswego County have a variety of ways to celebrate the extended winter season. Enjoy the competition of a sno-cross event, hot chili contest and cross-country ski race as well as a merry St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Come out and cheer on your favorite rider in the Tug Hill International Sno-cross Invitational at Cedar Pine in Osceola. Open practice runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 27. Enjoy racing and free-style performances from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. Admission is $25 for a three-day pass which includes all events. Children age 12 and under are admitted for free and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 599-7372. The Sandy Pond Sportsman’s Association hosts its fifth annual Great Sandy Pond Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 7. The competition is open to all cooks and awards first, second and third prizes for hot and other categories. Bring your secret recipe and try it out against some of the best cooks in the county. For entry details, call 387-6310. On Saturday, March 14, come to the Winona Forest Recreation Area in Boylston for the 29th Annual Winona Forest Tour-a-thon X-C Ski Race. Formerly known as the Tug Hill Tour-a-thon, the event features new state-of-the-art electronic timing equipment and an adventurous triple 15km loop course. Racing begins at 9 a.m. and entry fees vary from $45 to $60. For an application or more information, visit www.winonaforest.com. There is something for the whole family at the Parish Irish Days on Saturday, March 14. Beginning at 10 a.m., an Irish parade marches from Dill Pickle Alley to the Mills and Petrie Memorial Gymnasium on Main Street. Festivities continue at the gymnasium with a craft show, raffles, Irish music and children’s activities, while the American Legion on NYS Route 69A hosts a chicken barbeque. Admission is free. For details, call 625-4955. For more information about these or upcoming events in Oswego County, call the Oswego County Promotion and Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.
-30-Photo caption: Aleksander Nordgaard of Kirdenes, Norway is flying high at the 2008 Freestyle Show at Cedar Pine in Osceola. The 23-year-old rider was a member of the Sledneck Team that performed at last year’s show. (Photo appears courtesy of Jody Blazey of Palmyra, NY.) Contact: Oswego County Tourism Office; 315-349-8322