Sometimes, when kids become adults, they forget how much fun it can be. But this winter, Rod Bazinet is restoring the fun.
Winterfest is returning to the shores of Moonlight Beach Feb. 15-17.
“When you come out to the festival, you come out to play,” said Bazinet, chair of Winterfest. “Snow is made to be played in.”
Since its inaugural year, the festival has evolved and grown. Winter-lovers looking to enjoy the festivities can get a jump start by purchasing a limited edition collectible button from www.sudburywinterfest.com.
The buttons were designed by local artist Gord Drysdale. Only 1,500 have been made. Now, wristbands are available. Along with being a collectors item, the buttons came with perks like admission to off-site venues and discounts and freebies at the fest.
Some highlights of the second annual festival include opening ceremonies, fireworks, a groomed “bum slide,” an ice café, Sudbury crafters, skating on Lake Ramsey, dog sled rides, free ice fishing, snowshoes and a chili cook off.
“What better way to bring people out than food?” said Derek Young, a spokesman for the event. “Whose got the best chili in town?”
Chili lovers can purchase a $5 chili ticket online to beat the lineups at the festival.
Another key attraction at Winterfest 2013 is the Human Dog Sled Race in support of its charity partner Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer, a non-government funded organization that helps families touched by any sort of child cancer with emotional and financial support.
Capt. Dave DeLoye, commanding officer of 2912 Sudbury Irish Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, will also have cadets at the festival, showcasing their abilities as they set up a military winter survival exhibit.
“Our cadets are certainly very excited for this event,” DeLoye said.
Providing more interactive activities is just some of what festival-goers wanted, considering last year's feedback. The issue of parking has also been addressed.
Ward 11 Coun. Terry Kett said more parking lots have been created, thanks to his Healthy Community Initiative funds.
“It was the weakness we had,” Kett admitted with a laugh.
On top of improvements to last year, more events have been added to the lineup, which now spans three days instead of two, thanks to plenty of support from the community
“People are really jumping on this,” Bazinet said.