Celebrate the season at Fish Creek’s Winterfest

The first weekend of February will soon be here, and that means one thing: Winterfest, Fish Creek’s oldest tradition, is coming back for 35 years. And this could be the year you become an ice bowling champion, win the not-so-serious Fruit Loop Fun Run, learn to play the violin, or hunt a Sasquatch.

Winterfest weekend kicks off Feb. 3 with a DoCo nightclub at Hands on Art Studio, 3655 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek, and ends Feb. 5 with the Fruit Loop Fun Run.

The main tent will be open on February 4 from 10 am to 6 pm, with food and beverages available inside. The gaming booths will be open the same day, from 10 am to 3 pm. Disc golf will begin on the ice at 11:30 am, and an ice rescue demonstration will take place at 12:30 pm. And don’t miss the live music of Bacchus Lotus, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country, 9197 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, will also join in the celebration with its Winter Wine and Cherry Fest, which features a cherry spitting competition at 1 pm.

If you’re around the week leading up to Winterfest, join the hunt for Max the Sasquatch. Each day, he can be seen in a new location around Fish Creek, and when you find him, he’ll give you a hint as to where he might be the next day. Find him one or every day, write down the password he will take with him, and bring all the passwords to Winterfest on Saturday at 10:30 am to be entered into a Sasquatch raffle. The first track will be posted on social media on January 29.

Here’s a list of all the main events, some of which require registration at visitfishcreek.com/event/winterfest.

Photo by Raquel Lucas.

all things chocolate

February 4, 10 am to 3 pm

After a two-year hiatus, Winterfest welcomes this fundraiser to the Old Town Hall, 4097 Main St. Treat yourself to a treat while supporting the Gibraltar Historical Association, a non-profit organization that helps keep Gibraltar alive the fish creek story. There will be plenty of delicious chocolate, cocoa and coffee candies.

Snowflake Cake Baking Contest

February 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

If you dream of starring in a TV baking contest, let Winterfest be your practice cake competition and get involved in a new addition to the festival, Winterfest Cake Bake. The opening theme is Snowflake Cakes. Competitors must register in advance, then bake and decorate a cake according to the guidelines. All cakes will be displayed close to the stage in the heated marquee. Event attendees will purchase raffle tickets and choose their favorite cakes, with the winning bakers chosen by the number of raffle tickets in their box of cakes.

Photo by Raquel Lucas.

Stumpf Violin Competition

February 4, 2:00 p.m.

The famous Stumpf Fiddle Contest includes divisions for both beginners and experienced players, and the most fiddler-like fiddlers will battle it out until one is crowned champion, with prizes for the winners. Space is limited, so register online in advance.

Fruit Loop Fun Run

February 5, 10:30 a.m.

The Fruit Loop Fun Run is a grueling 0.49 mile run through downtown Fish Creek. Participants will be rewarded with a bowl of Fruit Loops upon returning to the main tent. And don’t forget to dust off your costumes because there will be prizes for the best dressed and first place finishers. Advance registration is recommended.

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