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Once again Olonets Grandfather Frost Games made the day of citizens and guests of Karelia

Pakkaine welcomes his guests

Pakkaine welcomes his guests

Once again Olonets Grandfather Frost Games have gathered guests from all over Karelia and beyond. The fairy festival was launched in Olonets on November, 29. Yuri Shabanov, Deputy Head of the Republic of Karelia for Regional Policy, has congratulated the citizens and guests of Olonets on this occasion on behalf of the Head of Karelia. Head of Olonets region Alexander Ivanov has declared the fairy festival officially open.

Presentation of participants

Presentation of participants

This year among the festival participants there were twelve Grandfathers Frost from Petrozavodsk, St.Petersburg, Gatchina, Kondopoga, Medvezhiegorsk, Penza, Pskov, Pryazha and Olonets. This year Medvezhiegorsk's representatives wore different costumes, including the Dutch Santa's robe. The rivals presented their signature performances to the spectators. Grandfather Frost from Olonets has inflamed the audience to the music of The Town Musicians of Bremen. Last year's winner from Medvezhiegorsk has impressed spectators with his on-stage performance. Then Grandfathers Frost proceeded to their contests.

Along the snowy streets of Olonets

Along the snowy streets of Olonets

Lots of other events took place within the festival. A fairy town opened in the city park. Special guests of the festival Snow Maiden of Kostroma, Russian Grandfather Frost, and Kysh Babai had their stands with portraits everyone could take pictures with. Besides, there were 4 entertainment sites Compliments to Pakkaine, Fortune Chest and two Wishing Trees.

At the Christmas Fair guests could choose from knitted and textile souvenirs from Olonets, Velikiy Ustyug, Pryazha, Mikhailovsky, Petrozavodsk, find a new outfit, and warm up with hot tea and pastry. Fireworks crowned the festival.

On November, 30 Grandfathers Frost had to compete on Pakkaine's Path. Each Grandfather Frost had to gather a team of kids and cope with challenges: play riddles with Snow Maiden of Kostroma, sing Jingle Bells in Karelian, sing and dance in a ring. Competitions at Pakkaine's personal commitment were the most popular, and Grandfather Frost gorodki and arm wrestling were fascinating, too.

Winter football

Winter football

What has drawn most of attention was winter football, Grandfathers Frost vs Government of the republic. At a score draw the winner was decided on a penalty series, where the Grandfather Frost team was stronger.

Ice swimmers from Petrozavodsk have gathered many spectators. Three athletes from Olonets have joined them, including 69 year old lady who bathed in winter for the first time.

Every Grandfather Frost was at least once awarded on results of the festival. The best signature performance was of Grandfather Frost from Kondopoga, Grandfather Frost of Medvezhiegorsk, last year's winner, has won the competition, and Grandfather Frost of Penza was the best at Pakkaine's Path and on total points has won the Grand Prix of the Festival.

The Olonets Grandfather Frost Games is over now, on December 1 Pakkaine, little frost, celebrated his birthday and is now back to his responsibilities.

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Created: December 1, 2014. Last updated: December 2, 2014.
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