If you’re looking for a fun winter adventure on February 6, head out to Ganondagan State Historic Site for their Winter Games & Sports! This event is fun for the whole family and includes many winter activities done by the Seneca people throughout history that are still in practice today, such as dog sledding (enter the raffle for a chance to win a ride!), traditional maple sugaring, storytelling, toboggan making and more.
This year’s event features a Seneca Snowshoe Race where you can compete in the Pro Run from 10 a..m. – 12 p.m., if you’re athletically and competitively inclined (it will be a timed competition) or the Fun Run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Both Runs give you a chance to snowshoe around the Trail of Peace, shoot archery and try your hand at the Native game of snow snake.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is FREE and open to the public. There is a fee to enter either of the runs, so if you’d like to try the Pro Run, register quickly! The fee for the Pro Run is $5 for kids $10 for adults and $15 for the family. If you want to try the Fun Run, it’s $3 for individuals and $5 for the entire family.
If you simply want to check out Ganondagan’s many beautiful trails on snowshoes, you can bring your own snowshoes or rent them for $3 for children and $5 for adults. There will also be food available for purchase. You can warm up in the heated food tent, step into the visitors center to watch a video or let the kids participate in children’s activities, or enjoy storytelling in the bark longhouse.
Ganondagan State Historic Site is located at 1488 State Rte. 444 in Victor, NY.
I hope to see you there!
P.S. The music in the video isn’t Native American, but The Maple Leaf Rag goes with Maple Sugaring, right?