The 86th annual Jump Fest, slated for February 10 to 12 at John Satre Memorial Hill in Salisbury features the Eastern U.S. Championships, where the region’s best will show off their skill and grace, reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour as they soar over 200 feet in the air.
Jump Fest begins Friday night with a chili cook-off at 6:30 p.m.. This is followed by target jumping under the lights starting at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the Salisbury Invitational Competition for juniors goes on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring 20 and 30 meter jumps, and leaps of 65 to 98 feet. Saturday also brings the event that has become a tradition along with ski jumping, the 11th annual Ice Carving Competition from 11 a,.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library. Another tradition, open to all, is the Snow Ball Dance with live music, to be held at the Lakeville Firehouse on Saturday night at 8 p.m.
On Sunday the Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships begins at 1 p.m. Participants will be aiming to beat the course record, an impressive 231-foot jump!
The all-volunteer Salisbury Winter Sports Association, long-time boosters of the sport and hosts of the annual championships, provides cross-country and jumping equipment and training to area children and maintains cross-country ski trails at several sites in town.