Residents Embrace the Snow as They Chill out at Winterfest

February 20, 2015

by AJ Dickinson

With the snow continuing to pile up, reaching record numbers in this month alone, what better occasion for New Englanders to get outside and enjoy it?  Litchfield’s annual Winterfest was in full swing this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Things kicked off on Friday when nearly 100 kids attended the Wildlife Encounters show and Dance Party that has been called the “best parents’ night out” ever.  While some were buying candy and flowers this past Valentine’s Day more than 600 people could be seen enjoying the many fun activities Winterfest continued to offer on Saturday.  The festivities included 90-plus dog sled rides courtesy of Seal Cove Journeys and their hard-working dog teams who have become an anchor event year after year.

From snowmobiles, ice fishing, snow shoeing, to a chili contest the jam-packed excitement never seems to stop as locals thoroughly enjoyed all the Winterfest had to offer.  Despite frigid temperatures and over a foot of snow, more than 50 people still braved the storm to make it to the Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning where they continued to snow shoe, fish, skate and ride snowmobiles in true Winterfest style.

Organizer of the Winterfest Keith Buxton reflected on the help of the many volunteers who make the event happen each year:  “Your selfless contributions and efforts result in a weekend of enjoyment that makes our community a better place to live.”