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Photo Gallery | Winterfest 2012

January 26 thru 29, 2012 - More info at: www.winterfestonline.org

“It is winter. This is Winterfest”, says Kevin Galbavi, Winterfest President.  He jokes that, “I’m just glad we’re not called ‘snowfest’.” Even with the unseasonably warm weather Michigan has been experiencing, Galbavi says Winterfest will go on without a hitch.  “We won’t even have to cut a hole in the ice for our new Polar Plunge.” Galbavi is referring to a new event this year, the Polar Plunge on Sunday at 1:00pm where people can take a swim in the Grand River to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity. “We’re really excited about the Polar Plunge”, says Galbavi. “It’s a great fit into the fun lineup of Winterfest events and is also helping a great cause.”

That Winterfest lineup includes other fun favorites such as: the Cardboard Sled Race, Glow Bowl, Intergalactic Human Sled Race, Kids’ Day, and many more.  “We really do strive to make this ‘Winter Fun for Everyone’ like we say on the brochure”, says Galbavi.

Other changes in store for Winterfest this year include moving Kids’ Day from the Community Center to the Tri-Cities YMCA. “We’re thrilled to be working with the Y this year for Kids’ Day. The Kiwanis Club, together with the YMCA, are really going to make it a great time for the kids. Plus, it moves the event closer to the Dog Pull and Cardboard Sled Race, which are at Milligan’s Hollow. Families can go right from one event to another.”

Of course, this does present some parking issues in the area. So, Winterfest is again offering a shuttle service from downtown parking lots out to the events at Mulligan’s Hollow and back. “New this year, we’re marking designated stops for the shuttles by parking lots on Washington and Franklin streets and the trolley will be making the rounds all day”, Galbavi explains. A map of the shuttle route is available on Winterfest’s website winterfestonline.org.

Anytime Fitness is sponsoring the Intergalactic Human Sled Race on Friday night. “We usually have to truck snow in to cover the street for this event”, says Galbavi. “This isn’t the first year that we’ve been light on snow. Less snow means less shoveling for the volunteers, so there’s a bright side.” Last year the event was moved to First Street and will be held there again this year.

Winterfest Passes are on sale now. The Winterfest Passes provide cover free entrance and drink specials to many local establishments, along with discounts at local businesses. They also get you in the door for the Winterfest Luau. Galbavi is excited about how warm it will be at the Luau, “We keep it 80 degrees inside the tent. We have a very big coat check.”