One of the many participants in Torrington's No Child Left Inside winter Festival, held at Burr Pond on Saturday, Feb. 1.
One of the many participants in Torrington's No Child Left Inside winter Festival, held at Burr Pond on Saturday, Feb. 1.
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TORRINGTON — The city, in conjunction with the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), held its third Winter Festival, No Child Left Inside, at Burr Pond State Park on Saturday, Feb. 1.
More than 100 residents from both the Northwest Corner and from other towns attended the event, which included ice fishing, hikes, a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and ice sculpting.
There were also winter-related demonstrations from Resources in Search and Rescue, the Torrington Trails Network, the Winsted Trails Group and the Torrington Police Department.
By the time it was 11 a.m., just one hour after the festival started, there were already 100 people of all ages on the ice of Burr Pond participating in the children’s ice fishing derby.
“We are all very excited about this event,” Mayor Elinor Carbone said at the event. “Three years ago, the City of Torrington decided to partner with DEEP. We recognized an opportunity to create this great partnership and it has far exceeded my expectations. It’s a great opportunity to show off some of the natural assets that we have in Torrington.”
“It’s a unique organized activity to get people outside in the winter,” co-organizer Justin Wiggins of the state’s Fish and Wildlife division said. “Burr Pond is pretty unique in the fact that it sits so high and it’s nestled into this cold part of the state where we can offer ice fishing. People are excited about the opportunity to get out and do some activities that they might not do normally. Burr Pond is a beautiful state park.”

John Wengell and his son Max, both from Newington. The two were some of the many participants in Torrington’s No Child Left Inside winter festival held on Feb. 1.
The event included many family friendly booths, including ice sculpting.
A resident at The Torrington Police Department’s booth trying on some of the department’s equipment.
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