Festival celebrates positive side of winter

Free carriage rides will be offered during Winterval downtown.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The 4th annual Winterval is bringing events to the indoors and outdoors for families at various locations in the downtown area. Ten different businesses, organizations and attractions will open their doors with refreshments and discounts on Saturday, January 31.

New this year for the festival is the Best Selfie Contest and Great Sled Race. Anyone who takes a selfie at Winterval locations can post a picture to the event’s Facebook page for a chance to win prizes.

Teams of five people, ages 16 and older can compete in the sled race. Participants can use a sled or anything else to help them get across the snow. Four of the team members are required to pull the sled while the other person sits on it.The cost is $15 per team.

Artists will also be creating their ice sculptures live at the Botanical Conservatory, Allen County Public Library and Community Center during Winterval. Presculpted ice carvings are on display some locations including Coney Island, the Grand Wayne Center, Museum of Art and St. Francis Performing Arts Center.

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

The Community Center will be hosting a variety of activities including the Fort Wayne Youtheatre‘s production of “Dr. Seuss is on the Loose!” at 2 p.m. The theatre will cover some of Dr. Seuss’ classics such as “The Lorax” and “Cat in the Hat”. There will also be performances at the Auer Blackbox Theatre.

Many activities start at 10 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. The Headwaters Ice Skating Rink will be open until 10 p.m. The History Center, Science Central and Old Fort will stay open until 5 p.m.

For a full list of activities and a map, click here.

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