The first Stowe Winter Carnival was held in 1921, the inspiration of local mover and shaker Craig O. Burt, who apparently wanted to further lift the spirits of people already intoxicated with the spirit of the Roaring '20s.

Well, the carnival was rejuvenated in 1974, and has been going strong ever since.

This year's version is coming up Jan. 19-25, and features community activities, sporting events, and a nationally recognized ice carving competition.

The Carnival kicks off with a Snowgolf Tournament at 11 a.m. MLK Monday, Jan. 19.

The Vermont Ski Museum is showing Warren Miller's 59th feature film, Thursday, Jan. 22.

The Stowe Super G slalom sets off Friday Jan 23 at noon. It's an open race, helmets required.

Friday Jan. 23 also is Ice Carving Demo Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Next day, the 9th Nationally Sanctioned Ice Carving Competition will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with awards at 4 p.m.

Kids Karnival Kaos holds sway from 1 to 3 p.m., and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Main Street is blocked to traffic for the Village Night Celebration, when 60 costumed characters cavort with the crowds. There is a fireworks finale.