Winterval celebrates the freezin’ season around downtown Ice carvings and a carnival are among the activities.
If you’re looking for a way to beat cabin fever as Indiana approaches another frigid February, mark your calendar for the fifth annual Winterval, taking place Saturday downtown.
The community is invited to bundle up and celebrate the season with an all-day event taking place at various locations. Outdoor events include live ice carvings, the annual Snow Bowl rugby game at Lawton Park, ice skating at Headwaters Park, a car and truck show at First Presbyterian Church, a re-enactment at the Old Fort and horse-drawn carriage rides. Some downtown attractions are offering reduced admissions.
For people ready to get out of the house but not quite ready to brave the cold, indoor events also are scheduled. Families are welcome to the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, the Allen County Public Library and Science Central for interactive exhibits and activities.
The headlining event for the Winterval is the winter carnival, which will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Community Center, 233 W. Main St. The lineup includes snow crafts, treats and ice carving demonstrations, all for free. If there is no snow on the day of Winterval, activities will move indoors, according to fortwayneparks.org, one of the sponsors of the event. Girl Scouts will host a craft corner.
Pictures with princesses Anna and Elsa, characters from the movie “Frozen,” and activities with Three Rivers Visiting Dogs Inc. are the newest attractions at the carnival, according to Community Center manager Patti Davis. Other new features include a Bicentennial Committee photo booth and postcard coloring for adults. During the carnival, Fort Wayne Youtheatre will perform “Celebrate Indiana” at the Community Center.
A community favorite, ice sculpting, is featured again. Ten sculptures will be displayed during the event, three of which will be live presentations by professional ice carvers. Each carving is sponsored by a local business, including the Hoppy Gnome, the Hearth at Sycamore Village and Design Collaborative architectural firm.
Visit www.wintervalfw.com for more details, a full schedule, and a map of activities and events. <br>
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WHAT: An indoor and outdoor all-day family event
WHEN: Events 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Locations downtown, indoor and outdoor
COST: Regular or reduced admissions for area businesses; free winter carnival