Snow's coming to downtown Ogden as Ogden City celebrates Utah's first Winterfest Feb. 12-13, 2010. The town is rolling in snow and 25th Street will be closed for a two-day ultimate outdoor recreation celebration with activities such as skijoring (that's skiing behind horses), downhill competitions, rails and boarding, snowmobiling street drag races, snow sculpturing, human snow bowling, concerts, fireworks and more. The downtown celebration is dubbed "Where Cold is Cool," and will boast traditional and entertaining free snow activities for all ages.
As soon as the streets close, Ogden will become the ultimate in outdoor recreation. No need to cruise all the way up to the mountains. "The Winter Festival is unique and unlike any festival in Utah," said Kevin Ireland, Winter Festival event coordinator. "We will have one-of-a-kind snow activities in a metro setting. We are bringing them down from the mountain and making them accessible to everyone in the community." The events begin Friday afternoon and Saturday evening with a fireworks display. Concerts, contests, carving competitions, ski races, and snowboard rail jams will be scattered throughout downtown Ogden.
Entertainment throughout the two-day extravaganza includes a toboggan parade, a polar bear swim, Warren Miller film festival, cross-country and downhill ski races, igloo building as well as snowshoe, ski and snowboard demos. The commencement of the annual event will take place in conjunction with the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
The public is encouraged to sign up early and recruit friends, families and co-workers to participate in the many free activities. The competitions include a 5K race, snow sculpturing, human dog sled races, a softball tournament, ski racing, chili cook-off, dog costume contest, downhill ski racing and skijoring (skiing behind a horse). Participants can sign up prior to or the day of the event or competition.
All events are free and open to the public, however, a small fee will apply to the softball tournament and snowmobile street drag races. The other events are funded and supported by local businesses and organizations. Proceeds from the snowmobile racing will be donated to the Christmas Box House.
More information or call 801- 629-8284.