Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grand Haven Winterfest Had Something for Everyone

snow angel
(photo by Grand Haven Tribune)
based on a news article in the Grand Haven Tribune, "Winterfest is Bigger and Better," by Peter Daining, Jan 26, 2009

Hundreds of people came out to the Grand Haven Winterfest last weekend. "It was the biggest and best ever," said Winterfest President Kevin Galbavi. The newest event was a 20-minute, timed snow angel competition. Angels could be decorated and there were classes from the toddler set to adults.

But there was plenty of action for those who were looking for more energetic activities. 125 cardboard sleds flew down the slopes this year. The run was very fast. Sled designs included a school bus, a helicopter, a giant package of McDonald's french fries, and one of the Winterfest luau tent!

Kids enjoyed face painting, a magic show, and a hamster/gerbil race. These were all held indoors to give families a break from the cold weather.

In races, dogs pulled kids on sleds, and then humans pulled humans on sleds. 23 teams were entered in that event.

The weekend ended with a Luau Extravaganza on Saturday night in a tent at the Municipal Marina. Other events included a euchre tournament, ice sculpting competition, and photography and poster contest. Organizers say that they are improving the mix of events that require good outdoor weather and other activities that can take place no matter what Mother Nature throws their way for the weekend. But for 2009, the weather was perfect and Grand Haven area folks had a great time.

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