Claresholm Winter Festival happening this Saturday

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer
There will be a lot to see and do when Claresholm’s Winter Festival takes to the outdoors this Saturday.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, activities run throughout the day, primarily between the Claresholm Community Centre and the Agriplex.
The schedule will include:

  • Children’s games and races from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., put on by the Kinette Club of Claresholm;
  • Activities for children ages zero to five from 11 a.m. to noon, put on by Claresholm and District Family and Community Support Services;
  • Straw Pit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where children can play, put on by Marla McLeod and 4-H;
  • Scavenger hunt from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. put on by Claresholm and District Family and Community Support Services;
  • Tin-can curling from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., put on by the Claresholm Curling Club;
  • Road hockey tournament from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., put on by the Kinsmen Club of Claresholm;
  • Sno-pitch tournament at Millennium Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and concession/chili provided by Claresholm Minor Ball;
  • Artisans market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Old-fashioned photos for purchase from noon to 4 p.m. in the foyer of the north hall of the community centre, put on by the Friends of the Claresholm Museum;
  • Entertainment all day with local musicians, an open mic hosted by Gaven Moore, and music by John DeDominicis;
  • Snow bus rides all day, put on by Doug Leeds in his vintage snow bus;
  • Lunch, soup and bun hosted by the Willow Creek Composite High School grad committee provided by Kieth and Brandi Carlson from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • Dinner, beef-on-a-bun served by the Claresholm Lions Club from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
  • Fireworks after sunset;
  • Family Movie, “Ferdinand” after fireworks and concession and popcorn, put on by the Claresholm Arts Society.

“It’s a collaborative effort of a whole (variety) of organizations,” Said Karen Linderman, one of the organizers.
Virtually everything is free, but people are encouraged to bring cash to enjoy the concessions, artisans market and old-fashioned photos.
Parking will be west of the Agriplex, as the street between the community centre and Agriplex will be closed to traffic.
Linderman invites everyone to come out to the Winter Festival.
“It’s going to be fun,” she said. “There’s lots of fun stuff to do and see.
“Just show up and enjoy the day.
“There’s a little bit of something for everyone, for all ages.”