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Feb 5, 2016 2:07 PM

NH snow comes just in time as Newport's 100th annual winter carnival opens

The Associated Press

NEWPORT (AP) — Residents of the small New Hampshire town of Newport are launching their 100th annual winter carnival despite the climate change.

Organizers believe it's the oldest town winter carnival that has been continuously run.

The torch run begins Friday at the Hanover headquarters of the Dartmouth Outing Club, where a century ago, carnival founder and Dartmouth student John McCrillis strapped on cross-country skis to make the 30-mile trek from campus to the Newport town common.

His grandson David McCrillis, is part of the team that will make the trek partly on roller skis after rain washed snow from much of the route.

The centennial carnival will run 10 days, ending Feb. 14.

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