BKL Festival 2016 – March 5th&6th

Hello All,

It’s time to look ahead to the Bill Koch League Festival that will take place in two weekends, March 5 & 6! We have not heard anything about cancellation, so it seems that as of now, the event is on.


As many of you know, every year the season ends with an enormous festival consisting of two days of races and fun events for lollipoppers (2nd grade or younger) through 8th graders. This year, the festival will take place at Great Glenn Trails in Gorham, NH, which is about 2 1/2 hrs from Hanover. For information about the festival, go to NENSA’s festival page here.  On Saturday, kids will participate in classic relay races (teams are decided by districts/coaches, not families), and on Sunday the kids will compete in individual skate races. Alternatively, skiers can participate as a “Nordic Adventurer” if they do not want to race at all. Over the course of the weekend there will also be games on skis, an enchanted ski tour, radar runs and other fun events while children are not participating in the races.

The theme for this year is “White Mountain Magic” (think wizards and witches and Harry Potter). If one of you has a good, simple costume idea that we could use for our club (pieces of fabric for capes, conical hats kids could make…), and would like to take on the organization of it, let me know.


Please register your child ASAP. Online registration closes this weekend, Saturday, Feb 27.  Go here to register. The dinner Saturday night is one that many of us attend, but it is up to each family to sign up as part of registration.


To help with our own club’s organization, if you plan to attend, please add your contact information to this google doc. Also, please sign up for a volunteer job to help us get the FS tasks done. Go to our Coaching and Volunteer document here. It was such a great team effort last year! Looking forward to another good one.


FS families typically spend Friday and Saturday nights at a hotel. Many Ford Sayre families will be staying at the Royalty Inn in Gorham, NH. The official race “headquarters” are at Town and Country Inn and Resort in Gorham. Go here for more lodging options.


The Royalty Inn does not provide a buffet breakfast. We have arranged a group buffet from 6am – 8am at a local restaurant called Welch’s. The cost is $9.75/person. Don’t expect gourmet, but it should do the job! It is within walking distance of our hotel. They have asked for an approximate number of attendees for Saturday morning and Sunday. Please check the columns on the contact information google doc linked above to let us know if you will eat there.


Please feel free to email us with any questions you might have. We are here to help!  bkl@fordsayre.org or call us at (802) 649-2159.


Ashley and Peter

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