Dog sleds, snowmen, baseball and luge at Christina Lake Winterfest

Erin Perkins
By Erin Perkins
January 28th, 2013

The Christina Lake Winterfest will be full of surprises next weekend.

The Christina Lake Community Association has shaken up the usual events with a new selection of snow-related activities including a torchlight parade for the kids, snowman competition a cardboard luge race, dog sledding and an open mic night.

The two-day event will begin on Friday, Feb. 1 with the building of Snowman Spectators at the Christina Lake Community Hall. The handcrafted snowman will be the audience for a Torchlight Parade.

The Torchlight Parade starts the weekend fun off right on Friday at 6:15 p.m. Bring your decorated bikes, sleds, wagons or strollers, decorate yourselves and then meet at the hall where the kids will be given glow in the dark bracelets, necklaces and sticks to carry around before enjoying the bonfire, free hot chocolate and cookies.

On Saturday, Feb. 2 the fun continues with a slab hockey game between 9 a.m. and 12:30 followed by a repeat of the Torchlight Parade at 10 a.m. Kids games will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by Minute 2 Win-it at 2 p.m. for eight to 13 year olds.

Kids can get creative with their own cardboard luge sled at the hall’s Body Shop at 10:30 a.m and then take the creation for a spin on the luge track after the group photo at 1 p.m.

Another new highlight, which should be on the not to miss list, is the Dog Sled Sprint Demo hosted by the Boundary Dog Sled Association. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m on Saturday and will be a great opportunity to get up close to some real dog sled teams.

Or reminisce about those warm summer days with a fun-filled weekend of baseball at the annual Sno-Pitch Tournament. The games begin on Friday and finish up on Saturday with an after game party at the Crow and Bear Pub.

For the photographer, there is a contest for best winter and Winterfest photos. Entries are due on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the hall or by emailing them to info@kettleriverarts.com. The winning photos will be used, with permission, on the Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce website.

For a fun winter-related competition, go out and pick the largest icicle you can find to bring into the hall between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday for your chance to win a prize. There will be both adult and child categories.

All events are at the Christina Lake Community Hall, unless otherwise noted.

The Concession will be open at the hall all weekend.

To keep in tune with what is going on next weekend, visit the event site on Facebook at Christina Lake Winterfest.