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W is for Wilton Winter Carnival

W is for Wilton Winter Carnival- Several Monadnock Region towns hosted winter carnivals in the early 20th century but only one town’s carnival ended up in the pages of Ripely’s Believe It or Not! Winter carnivals brought in much needed tourist dollars during the winter months. Eighteen winter carnivals were held in New Hampshire in 1928 including carnivals in Keene, Jaffrey, and Wilton.

W is for Wilton Winter Carnival

Snow Train flyer from the Boston & Albany Railroad


In 1926, Wilton began hosting a February carnival that featured dog sledding, ski races, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, hockey games, and a costumed masquerade ball. Special carnival “snow trains” brought visitors from Boston to enjoy the festivities. The Wilton Winter Carnival boasted a quarter mile toboggan run that had the distinction of running through three towns- Wilton, Milford, and Lyndeborough. The toboggan run caught the eye of Ripley’s and was featured in their syndicated cartoon nationwide.

The Carnival was held annually for a decade. Since that time, Wilton’s Carnival Hill has been preserved as conservation land and still hosts sledding on its steep slope.

W is for Wilton Winter Carnival

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W is for Wilton Winter Carnival published on June 8, 2019.