MAYVILLE The 2013 President's Day Weekend Winter Festival will take place the weekend of Feb. 15-17, at Lakeside Park in Mayville, along the shores of Chautauqua Lake.
This annual winter event has been taking place in Mayville since the first one was held in 1987. Still going strong after 25 years, the festival features many winter events and activities for the entire family, as well as contests.
The Snowball Distance Throwing Contest, Children's Snowman/Animal Building Contest, Chili Cook-Off, Polar Bear Swim benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry, fireworks, snowmobile rides (weather permitting), flare parade (weather permitting), and horsedrawn rides are just a few of the activities being planned. Those interested in participating in the chili cookoff or the polar bear swim are asked to call the chamber office at 753-3113 for more information.
Rainbow the Clown, always a favorite of the children, will again be at the 2013 festival with facepainting and unique balloon sculptures. Kids Corner Edible Crafts will also be back this year, allowing children the opportunity to create yummy crafts and then eat them.
There are plans to construct the ice castle, a special feature of this annual event. If you would like to help in the building of this majestic ice structure, please call the chamber office for details.
The Medallion Treasure Hunt will again take place. Look for details on registering for this annual event in local media outlets. Information and a schedule will be made available as planning progresses. Look for the President's Day Weekend Winter Festival Page on Facebook, which will be updated as plans are made.
Event sponsors include Town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Firm/Habiterra, M&T Bank, Northwest Savings Bank, Irwin Bay Cottages and Welch's.
The festival committee has been meeting and would welcome anyone who would like to help with the planning of the festival.
Those interested in making a donation to the festival to cover the many expenses of an event this size, please call 753-3113 to learn more about financial sponsorship opportunities.