Winterval festival a hit

Ice carving at the 2013 Winterval festival in downtown Fort Wayne.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne’s Downtown Improvement District and the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the third annual Winterval festival on Saturday.

Different organizations around the Fort Wayne area provided family friendly activities from 1 to 5 p.m.

Representatives from the Parks Department said they to make the festival more downtown oriented. They also wanted it to be a walkable festival, so all of the participating venues were in close proximity to each other. Some of the activities included ice skating at Headwaters Park, carriage rides, games and crafts for kids, and ice sculpting.

“They’ve been inside for a week and with school canceled and everything, they were getting kind of restless,” said Mary Cowles, who brought her grandsons to the festival.

Organizers said the goal was to get people out of the house during a time when it’s very easy to just stay inside.

“We want people to get active during the winter months, after the holidays when people are inside bundled up,” Chuck Reddinger, the Community Center Manager for the Parks Department, said.

There was also a Penguin Hunt which was new to the festival this year. People could locate each penguin and enter its name on their official Penguin Hunt form, then submit the completed entry form at a Winterval location designated on the form to be entered into a prize drawing.

Organizers said the sculptures will be placed around downtown, so people can see them even if they missed the festival.

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