Families flock to Blackfalds Winterfest

It couldn’t have been a better day for the Blackfalds Winterfest.

PECULIAR PENGUIN - Veteran Penguin Dipper Sean Barnes makes his signature cannonball run in the penguin dip pool at the Blackfalds Winterfest Polar Dip this past Monday.

PECULIAR PENGUIN - Veteran Penguin Dipper Sean Barnes makes his signature cannonball run in the penguin dip pool at the Blackfalds Winterfest Polar Dip this past Monday.

It couldn’t have been a better day for the Blackfalds Winterfest.

With the sun shining and weather cooperating, the annual Winterfest saw a huge turnout this past weekend, with many families eager to take part in the festivities.

Things kicked off Monday afternoon with the return of a favourite Winterfest event, the Penguin Dip where 11 brave dippers plunged into an icy cold pool as a fundraiser for the charity of the dipper’s choice. Huge crowds gathered to see the event, which was not held last year, make its triumphant return.

Firefighters were on hand to provide assistance and safety to the dippers, as well as feed the hungry families that attended the event.

Blackfalds Fire Department held a fundraiser barbecue and served up hot dogs to the hundreds of residents in attendance.

As Winterfest is a Family Day celebration, many of the events were child or family oriented. Children enjoyed an ice slide, bubble making, the famous loonie dig and watched ice-sculpting demonstrations by sculptor Scott Harrison. Many of those in attendance tried their own hand at the art, taking chisel to their very own block of ice.

All through the afternoon, those in attendance were also able to get a sneak peek of the near-complete Abbey Centre, which opens March 17 and even have questions about the facility answered by those who were involved in the project.

In the later afternoon and evening of Family Day, Blackfalds Youth Crew held a family bingo and there was also a family skate at the Multi-plex.

Of course, no festival is complete without fireworks. Winterfest wrapped up with a stunning display over the All-Star Athletic Park that evening.

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