Thanks to many fine businesses and organizations in our area that generously sent donations to Winterfest 2013 — the committee was apparently able to bribe the weatherman. The long-range forecast on Channel 4’s website shows sun and clouds next Saturday and Sunday — with nary a snowflake in sight.
The Village of Arcade will host its 42nd annual Winterfest this weekend, February 8-10. A full slate of family-friendly events, most taking place on Saturday, February 9, will include something for everyone.
Started in 1972 as one of four seasonal celebrations to observe the Village’s 100 years of incorporation, the idea of a winter festival took hold in Arcade and has grown strong. It has become a time for family and friends to gather for a break from the mid-winter doldrums, and come out to take part in a weekend of fun — and, most events are free.
This year the 1960s will rule, with a festival theme of “Peace. Love. Snow.”
Saturday’s fun will include a firemen’s tug of war, a bed race, the Wacky Winter Parade, a 5K Run & Walk, an arts and crafts show, an student art show and a bowling tournament downtown. In the Village Park, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a kiddie carnival in the snow, softball and hockey competitions, and a cardboard box sled race will take place.
The highlight of the weekend will be “A Beatles Spectacular,” a combined concert featuring the Mr. Mustard Beatles tribute band, and the band, orchestra and chorus at Pioneer High School. Tickets are available at the greeter’s desk at any of the four school buildings, or at Creekside Fabrics in Arcade. The concert will take place at 6:00 p.m.
Add lots of opportunities to enjoy good food by local restaurants, churches and non-profit organizations, and you’ve got a full day of family fun.
For more information about Winterfest, or to download a complete schedule of events, see “Arcade Winterfest” on Facebook, or arcadeherald.com.