Winterfest 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 — 12 pm to 3:30 pm at Frontier Park 

The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier will hold the 13th annual Winterfest on Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. at Frontier Park. Admission to the family-friendly festival is free and open to the public.

Winterfest is a great family-friendly opportunity to celebrate winter and be active out of doors during one of the colder months. Indoor & outdoor activities for all ages include horse-drawn wagon rides, an ice slide, a homemade sled contest (judging at 2:30), nature crafts, entertainment by the ERIEsistible Clowns, hands-on activities offered by the Erie County Public Library, a winter scavenger hunt, snow painting, an ice carving demo by Bill Sandusky of Erie Ice Works and an ice-fishing demonstration by the S.ON.S. of Lake Erie. Refreshments and snacks from Whole Foods Co-op will be available for purchase. New this year will be music by Chris & Julie Moore from Tennessee Backporch (Performances at 12:30-1PM, 1:15-1:45PM & 2-2:30PM).

Judging for the annual homemade sled contest and race will begin at 2:30 p.m.  Sled builders in two age groups (7 & under and 8-12) are encouraged to bring their sleds that they’ve constructed. Prizes will be awarded in both age groups to the sleds that use the largest variety of recycled materials and to the sleds that go the furthest down the hill. Full details can be found at: http://www.leaferie.org/winterfest/ or by calling 814-453-5323.

Winterfest will conclude with a rubber duckie race down Cascade Creek which will be held at 3:15 p.m. Duckies are available for purchase for $1/duck from LEAF Board members and at the event.

The schedule of events is as follows:
Outdoors (ongoing)
Horse-drawn sleigh rides – Ice slide – Ice fishing demonstration – Scavenger hunt – Snow painting –
2:30 Recycled sled contest — 3:15 Duckie race on Cascade Creek
Indoors (ongoing)
Face painting – Nature Crafts – Entertainment by the ERIEsistible Clowns
Hands-on activities offered by the Erie County Public Library
Refreshments and snacks from Whole Foods Co-Op available for purchase
12:30-1PM, 1:15-1:45PM & 2-2:30PM – Music by Chris & Julie Moore from Tennessee Backporch

LEAF thanks its Winterfest sponsors: Erie Federal Credit Union for its sponsorship of the indoor activities, Penelec  – First Energy Corp. and Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. for their sponsorship of the Homemade Sled Contest, Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors, ErieBank, and the City of Erie. Special thanks is also given to the Erie County Public Library and the SONS of Lake Erie for their participation!

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