During these cold weather months it’s easy to have you and your family feeling a bit cooped up. Bundle up Saturday February 4, 2017 (11a.m.-4p.m.) and head out to the 7th annual Winterfest at Moraine State Park for food, games, and fun! Best thing is, free admission!
The Winterfest is important because it’s a way to show people how much there is to do at Moraine State Park even in the wintertime. Last year many braved the cold weather to go out for a bowl of chili, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, and more.
This year is expected to be the same cold conditions and same fun! Only difference is a new location. Last year the festival was held at the McDanel’s launch on the North shore, this year it will be held at the South shore giving us more room and more parking.
A big draw to the festival is the annual chili cook off. The cost of the chili is $2 per bowl. There will be four awards for the chili. Last year, fourteen different types of chili were available during the contest. A panel of judges will be on hand to vote, and there is a People’s Choice award that you can help decide the winner by tasting the different chili available.
There will be plenty of wonderful photo opportunities for you and the family. You can strike a pose with “Iceburgh” the Pittsburgh Penguins Mascot (12pm-1pm) or even with Smokey the Bear! Or maybe in front of one of the ice sculptures carved by a chef from the Pittsburgh Marriott North.
At 10 a.m. there will be a 5k along the Sunken Garden Trail for runners of all abilities and ages. Pre registration is $30 and day of is $35. This will get you a shirt, professional chip timing by Miles of Smiles, and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for overall male and female as well as age divisions. Visit Moraine Preservation Fund for more information.
Exciting news for 2017, Winterfest has teamed up with Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity Douse for a House. Hundreds will be participating in the plunge raising money for Habitat for Humanity in Lawrence County. So if you feel like taking a quick dip in the lake for a great cause, registration will start at 11 a.m. A minimum of $100 will be needed from fundraising for an individual to participate and $50 for veterans and students. Groups are also welcome! Last year the event raised over $60,000! After changing your clothes you can warm up at one of the four bonfires that will be going on throughout the festival with a cup of hot chocolate.
Can you say you’ve ever had a ride on a horse-drawn carriage? Well if not this is your chance! It is completely free and you get to enjoy the scenic view of the icy lake and woods of the South Shore with your family. You can also get a ride from dogs on a dog sled!
There will also be arts and crafts for children.
The festivities will be going on snow, rain or shine. This will be an event to remember that you don't want to miss!
For more information please visit Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau.