Blackfalds Winterfest set for Monday

Winterfest returns this year on Feb. 15th and promises to be a fun-filled day for whole family to enjoy together.

IMPRESSIVE - Ice sculpting is one of the many events featured at the Blackfalds Winterfest. This sculpture from a previous festival is an example of the works that can be seen at this year’s Winterfest.

IMPRESSIVE - Ice sculpting is one of the many events featured at the Blackfalds Winterfest. This sculpture from a previous festival is an example of the works that can be seen at this year’s Winterfest.

Winterfest, the Town of Blackfalds’ family fun festival, returns this year on Feb. 15th and promises to be a fun-filled day for whole family to enjoy together.

Organizers say the event has evolved over the years, but it remains a popular event for families to attend during the February long weekend.

Winterfest activities will take place on Feb. 15th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at either the Abbey Centre (4500 Womacks Rd.) or the Multi-Plex Arena (5302 Broadway Ave.)

From noon to 2 p.m. the Blackfalds Fire Department will be hosting a barbecue fundraiser. Hot dogs, chips and juice will be served in exchange for a donation to the volunteer service.

Tim Hortons will also be on hand providing hot chocolate for a donation to the Programs and Admissions and Sport Subsidy (PASS), a program that assists individuals paying fees for municipally-operated programs, admissions and memberships.

This year’s Winterfest will also see the return of the ever popular Penguin Dip, planned for 1 p.m. where ‘dippers’ will brave the sub-zero temperatures to make a splash to raise money for a charity of their choice.

Other free activities at the festival include sleigh rides, an ice slide, snow maze along with games and bouncy castles at the Servus Kidz Zone in the Abbey Centre field house.

At 2:15 p.m. a special presentation will be made by Telus, followed by the Telus Fibre Snow Dig, when youth 10 years and under can bring their own shovel and dig for prizes hidden in the snow.

Also returning this year are the world-renowned Ice on Whyte carvers, who will be carving sculptures for attendees to check out. Through the Lil’ Chippers carving workshops and demonstrations, kids can watch the pros transform ice blocks into masterpieces and also have their own chance to make their own ice sculpture.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Juiced Audio will be hosting a family skate party at the Multi-Plex. The Blackfalds Youth Crew will also be hosting family bingo in the banquet room.

The Town of Blackfalds began hosting Winterfest in 2008 in support of Family Day as a way to promote families to spend time together outside during the winter. The event will run no matter the weather conditions.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation for the local food bank.

For more information and to see a full schedule, visit www.blackfalds.com/winterfest.

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