Winterfest in the Village of Radium Hot Springs will be back this year on February 19, from noon to 4 p.m., for fun and events for the whole family.
The Radium Events Committee is looking for sponsors to help fund the event as well.
“Winterfest needs sponsors to help fund the event, and so that the Radium Events Committee will be able to organize more events throughout the year, such as Radium Days, the Drive-In Movie, and Fall Fever,” said Heather Perkull, Radium Events Committee Co-ordinator.
“The Radium Events Committee was formed so that we could organize events that not only would provide family-based activities for local residents, but we knew we would see an increase in visitors that would benefit our restaurateurs, accommodators, and other local business owners.”
Last year, Winterfest saw great success in January, with plenty of activities, games, contests and other events taking place to entertain guests and Radium residents.
The date for the 2011 event has been changed to coincide with the Alberta Family Day long weekend, to make it accessible for second homeowners.
“Many vacation homeowners are here for that weekend, and we felt it would be beneficial to have Winterfest during that weekend so that visitors and locals alike would be enticed to spend their time locally,” said Perkull.
The “infamous” Potato Topper competition will be returning to Winterfest this year by popular demand.
For $5, guests will get to sample all of the local restaurateurs’ delicious potato toppings, then vote for their favourite to decide on a winner.
A new event will be at Winterfest this year.
The Family FunSpiel, an all-ages, all skill-levels curling competition, will be held on two outdoor rinks located inLegend’s Field beside the Seniors’ Hall.
Sixteen teams of four will curl four ends, with family teams strongly encouraged.
An entry fee of $20 is required to sign up a team, and it includes two games and discounted dance tickets.Those looking to register their curling teams can contact Clara Reinhardt at 250-347-7706 or by email at email@example.com.
A separate draw to the button contest will also be held. For $5 contestants will throw their draws for an opportunity to win a free week’s accommodation anywhere in the world through Interval International, courtesy of Beighorn Meadows Resort. Proceeds will got the the Radium Events committee.
Another new event is the Winterfest Dance at Radium Seniors’ Hall, which begins at 8 p.m.
Guests can dance the night away with DJ Keon, with tickets at $8 per person.
The dance is a licensed event, however, so minors will not be permitted.
Another accommodation prize will be given to a lucky dance attendee.
There will also be the Wilderness Competition, where contestants race to complete an outdoor obstacle course to become the top Wilderness Challenger.
Those interested can register in advance at the Meet on Higher Ground Coffee Shop in Radium, located on Main St. West.
The grand prize winner will receive a free two night stay in Kimberley through Rocky Mountain Accommodations.
Children’s crafts will be located inside the Seniors’ Hall, with different outdoor activities taking place outside the hall all day.
Children under the age of five must be accompanied by an adult.
“It’s guaranteed fun for everyone, with some great prizes to be won,” said Perkull about the event. “It’s also a chance to spend time with your neighbours and friends around the fire, watch some great curling and friendly competitions, and taste the best the valley has to offer at the Potato Topper event.”
For more information about Winterfest or how to help sponsor the event, call 250-347-9331.