2014-01-17 / In the Know

New date for WinterFest

By Stephen Kramer Special contributor

The chill is in the air and Scarborough Community Services’ annual WinterFest is here. Come join Scarborough Community Services at the 25th annual WinterFest event Saturday, Jan. 25, starting at noon. The storm date is Sunday, Jan. 26. Stop by our outdoor ice rink located next to the Wentworth Intermediate School for an afternoon of fun.

We will kick the day off with the lighting of our fire pits. These will be burning throughout the day to keep families warm. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be offered next to the fire pits from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Frosty the Snowman will be making his rounds throughout the event as well so be sure to say hello to him. In addition to our annual ice-skating competition and snow competitions there will be an icecarving demonstration by Frozen in Time during the afternoon sponsored by Saco Biddeford Savings Bank.

Free skating will be allowed on a portion of the ice rink throughout the day; however, no hockey sticks or pucks will be allowed during this afternoon event. Take a wagon ride through campus throughout the day. There will also be raffles and a silent auction located in the tent next to the ice rink. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers will be offered at our concession stand at a nominal fee throughout the afternoon.

Again this year, we will have the ever-popular WinterFest Family Olympics, consisting of three family events to compete for the Royal Family award. The first event – the Snow Sling – will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the high school turf field. In this event families will use a giant slingshot to shoot snowballs at specific winter-themed targets. The second event will take place at 1:15 p.m. at the high school turf field and will be the Human Dog Sled event. This event consists of families making themselves into a human dog sled team and seeing which family can maneuver the course the fastest. The third and final Family Olympic event will take place at 2 p.m. at the high school turf field and is the Snow Shoe Obstacle Course, where family members will strap on snowshoes to see who the fastest family is to make it through our fun and challenging course. Winners will be announced at approximately 5 p.m.

Participants in the iceskating competition events will vie for our annual WinterFest king and queen awards. Each grade category (kindergarten through 2, 3 through 5 and 6 through 8) will have four ice-skating events where participants can earn points toward the king and queen awards. The first event will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be our speed-skating event. The second event will be held at 3 p.m. and will be our ever-challenging slalom skating course. The third event is our backwards skating competition. The fourth and final event is our exciting obstacle course. Winners will be announced at approximately 5 p.m.

For the artistic and creative families we will be having a family snow sculpture contest from 12:30 to 4 p.m. next to the ice rink. This contest is divided into three separate categories: 12 and under, 13 and over, and family. Scarborough Community Services will provide food coloring spray bottles for snow sculptures. Winners will be announced at approximately 4:45 p.m.

This great free community event will conclude with a brilliant fireworks display by RS Fireworks. We hope to see everyone at this year’s fun winter event.

Stephen Kramer is child services program coordinator for Scarborough Community Services.

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