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Winter on the Green Begins This Weekend

Ice sculptures, a carnival and chili highlight this year's annual series on Breidert Green.

Frankfort's annual Winter on the Green series might be the best indicator that seasons have changed this year, because, given the mild temperatures and sunny days lately, you couldn't tell from the weather.

All events are from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays at . Here's a look at what's on tap in 2012:

Jan. 8: Ice Fest

What to expect: Watch an ice sculpture demonstration, ride a free heated trolley through downtown or check out the dogs from the Illinois Alaskan Malamute Rescue Association.

Jan. 15: Winter Carnival

What to expect: Along with games and balloon animals, DJ Don Gray and Rainbow the Clown also will be on hand.

Jan. 22: Winter Sports

What to expect: Visitors can compete in sled races, 3-on-3 hockey and punt and pass contests to win prizes.

Jan. 29: 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off

What to expect: You can taste the competing chili or enter your own. Chili will be judged for aroma, bite, color, consistency, originality, flavor and heat. Contestant registration forms can be downloaded at the website under the calendar of events, or the can be picked up at .

Feb. 5: Superbowl

What to expect: Sadly, the Bears won't be playing on this day, but that doesn't mean the day will be a total loss. The village's pre-game "Superbowl” event will feature Elvis tribute artist Dave Thomas and free hot dogs. At 2 p.m., you can bring your dogs, dressed in their favorite team outfits, to the Puppy Bowl. Trophies will be awarded for best dressed, most athletic and other categories.

Feb. 12: Valentine’s Weekend

What to expect: Sample a variety of chocolate fondue, while Frankfort Boy Scout Troop 270 members demonstrate a winter campout and bake hot cobbler.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WINTER ON THE GREEN? Tell us in the comments section.

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