News release from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation:
(January 20, 2015) â€” Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne on Saturday, January 31! The 4th Annual Winterval festival promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. The Community Center’s FREE Winter Carnival runs from 1 – 4 pm and includes horse and carriage rides, games, crafts and yummy treats to warm you inside and out. Sponsored by American Senior Communities and the Community Center Foundation.
The Botanical Conservatory has Winterval activities from 10 am – 3 pm that day which include crafting a winter bird feeder, interactive displays and refreshments. Don’t forget to explore the “Changing Tides” exhibit from internationally-known artist Sayaka Ganz, who has created an imaginative seascape in our garden using every day recycled materials.
The following downtown partners will also offer plenty of fun for the whole family, with many providing discounts and refreshments: Allen County Public Library, Science Central, History Center, The Old Fort (Historic Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Rugby Football Club, History Center, Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, Pint & Slice, Fort Wayne Youtheatre and Headwaters Ice Arena.
NEW THIS YEAR: Best Selfie Contest
Take a selfie at any of the Winterval sites during the event, then post your photo on the Winterval Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WintervalFW) for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be drawn on Tuesday, February 3.
1st Annual Great Sled Race, 2 pm, Lawton Park
Grab your sled, some rope and 5 people, ages 16 and older, and you’re ready to compete. The Great Sled Race is a cross between the bed race and a dog sled race, but there’s no need to build a sledâ€”use anything you’d like that will slide across the snow, and you have to use humans to pull your sled, with one of the five member team sitting on the sled. Visit the Winterval website at www.WintervalFW.com for the rules and registration form. Fee: $15 per team. Spectators free.
LIVE ICE CARVINGS â€” Watch ice sculptors create their masterpieces.
- 11 am Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
- 12 pm Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza
- 2 pm Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
PRESCULPTED ICE CARVINGS â€” Stop by these sites at your convenience that day to see completed ice carvings:
- Coney Island, 131 Main St.
- Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.
- Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.
- St. Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.
- Lutheran Life Villages In-Home Care, Carving at 431 W. Berry St.
- Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St.
- PNC Bank, Carving at 300 E. Main St.
The complete list of Winterval activities is attached, and can also be found at www.WintervalFW.com. Winterval is sponsored by 95.1 Best FM.