2/10/2011 8:12:00 AM Outlook bright for Saturday's Winter-River-Fest
The Winter Olympics are coming to Windom - sort of. This Saturday, Windom's Riverfest Committee launches its first-ever "River-Winter-Fest."
As with the summer Riverfest, weather is the key to the celebration's success. Organizers are crossing their fingers and hoping the forecast for relatively warm temperatures (in the 30s) holds true.
The River-Winter-Fest is set to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cottonwood Lake and the Windom Community Center. The goal of the event is to have fun while raising money for Riverfest 2011.
Plans include: A chili feed inside the Windom Community Center. Folks will pay $5 for a bowl of chili (or chicken noodle soup), crackers, beverage and s'more packet.
Open fires at locations around the Tegels Park area. Folks can make s'mores, sip hot chocolate and hot cider, or simply stand next to the fires to warm up.
The "Darn Cold Croquet Contest," which will be played on Cottonwood Lake (incidentally, the ice will be cleared by a private snow removal vehicle, not the City of Windom). Players will use sledgehammers and bowling balls. Registration for this event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the lake. Groups will play games roughly every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The winners from each half-hour game will meet in the finals at 2 p.m. and the winner gets $20 in Chamber Bucks.
Dodge ball. Games will be played near the park shelter. The games will be much different from the traditional dodge ball games (or the movie Dodge Ball) because contestants will use snow balls instead of rubber balls. A snow-sculpting contest with prizes for the best sculptures in each division.
Check next week's Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition for photos from Saturday's event.