Snow or no snow, Addison celebrates Winterfest

By Ann Piccininni
Daily Herald correspondent
Posted1/8/2019 10:58 AM

As we bask in unseasonably warm mid-January temperatures, the prospect of snow seems unlikely.

But anyone who has lived in the Midwest for at least one winter season knows that weather here is anything but predictable.


It's with that in mind that the folks at Addison Park District have planned Winterfest, a celebration of the season that promises fun for families whether it's a bit nippy or downright freezing, sunny or sleeting.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, outdoors at Community Park and indoors at the Community Recreation Center, 120 E. Oak St.

"It's the wintertime. People like to be indoors," said Joe Patterson, the district's athletic supervisor.

Inside the warmth of the rec center's gym, visitors will find hot chocolate and chili along with a movie, carnival games and at least two bounce houses, Patterson said, "so the kids can get some energy out."

Children also can let their creative side have free rein at the cookie decorating station.

"We do basic sugar cookies and the kids can do the frosting," Patterson said.

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For those who venture outdoors, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides.

"It'll happen, rain or shine. There's a walking path. That's kind of what it follows," he said.

Patterson said a fire pit will be crackling for visitors to gather around to beat the chill while making s'mores, that delicious amalgam of chocolate, toasted marshmallows and graham crackers.

And if there is some snow on the ground, children will be racing their sleds down the sledding hill.

"Either way, there's something to do outside," he said.

Patterson said the event is an annual one that helps lift families out of the winter doldrums. Last year, he said, an estimated 150 to 200 people came to Winterfest.

"It's to get families to come out and have some fun," he said.

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