Warm up to Winterfest

By Geoff Lee

February 4, 2016 9:53 AM

The photos above are just a snippet of the fun times that were had at last year's Winterfest. Organizers say this year, the fourth annual, will be just as much fun.

The Lloydminster Servus Sports Centre will turn into a focused zoo of fun once again for this year’s Winterfest.
The wildly popular event is the city’s way to celebrate family day holidays in Alberta and Saskatchewan Feb. 15.
“I think it makes incredible sense,” Joel Turcotte, manager of the centre, said about the event timing.
“Winterfest is definitely a family focused event so it just ties in really good with family day.”
This will be the fourth annual Winterfest and Turcotte said it’s the busiest day of the year at the sports centre.
“I remember the first year we hosted it — it was amazing how many people were out,” he said.
“Every single year it’s bigger and bigger, so the hope is as many people as possible can come and utlizize the facility and the actvitites going on.”
The event will be held indoors and outdoors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a full slate of winter activities like skating, sleigh rides, marshmallow roasts and free hot dogs.
This year shinny hockey with the Bobcats will be played indoors for the first time to the relief of many.
“In past years, it’s been outdoors and we’ve had some cold weather, so it’s going to be inside the whole time which will be nice,” said Turcotte.
He said it will be “regular old shinny.”
The marshmallow roast and free hot dogs will be served by volunteers from the Lloydminster Lions Club and ATCO Electric for folks taking sleigh rides and skating on the outdoor oval.
One of the fieldhouses will feature a bounce house zone for kids with a pre-schooler fun zone in the other fieldhouse.
There will also be a family trip prize giveway to help fill the sports centre to its capacity with smiles all around for visitors, volunteers and staff.
“I think it’s a fun day anytime you can see the building utilized the way it was built for,” said Turcotte.
“It was built for the community — it’s definitely a community event for everybody.”
Turcotte gives two thumbs up to an army of volunteers from community event partners.
The list includes the 2016 RBC Cup, ATCO Electric, the Bobcats, Lions Club, KidSport, Lloydminster Rotary Club and Midwest Family Connections.
“We need an incredible amount of volunteers to run the event so all those partners help us run the event,” said Turcotte.
“We really couldn’t do it without them.”
The Rotary Club is looking after the bounce houses while Midwest Family Connection is overseeing the pre-school fun zone.
KidSport will be giving out equipment if people need any.
Families can scope event information beforehand at the city’s llo.ca/Winterfest website.

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