Join the Kickapoo Valley Preserve as it celebrates winter in Wisconsin with the 21st Annual Winter Festival.
The Winter Festival will take place on Saturday, January 8, with activities starting at 10:30 a.m. to delight all ages, including guided ice hikes, a fun run for cabotins, snow carving, adventures and rides. children’s games, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding and hiking with the Midwest Llama Packing Llamas. New this year will be the Driftless Fire Dancers. Plus, there will be activities at other local venues, such as a candlelight hike / ski / snowshoe at Wildcat Mountain State Park, and special food and drinks at La Farge to round out the evening. Full event schedules will be available at the Winter Festival.
The 21st Anniversary Winter Festival Raffle Grand Prize is a pair of Green Bay Packer tickets and a signed soccer ball. Other raffle prizes include a pair of custom made furry mittens from Wildthings Fur Co. of La Farge, a 60 quart Polar Cap cooler from Cabela’s, tickets to the Larry Fest music festival, gift certificates and gifts. ‘silver.
Celebrate yourself and your health by signing up for a variety of outdoor races during the event, including a 5km resolution run / walk on Saturday morning; Smoosh Races – A multi-team event in which four participants strap on 2x4s and attempt to run 25 yards, swing around a cone and be the first team to return the 25 yards to the start / finish line with everyone still on the Smoosh boards. Smoosh Boards will be provided for each team. If you would like to “make your own” Smoosh Board, contact the KVR office for Smoosh Board specifications; and a 5 km or 1 mile Dam Phunski ski race. Registration is compulsory for each race.
Several outdoor presentations will also take place throughout the day, including a morning and afternoon presentation on owls with live birds.
Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Entrance to the festival is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged and welcome. There will be several warming fires throughout the field. Taking everyone’s health and safety seriously, the Winter Festival is almost 100% outdoor this year and as pandemic-resistant as possible.
Winter Festival Coordinator Jackie Yocum said, “Wrap up, bundle up, sling up, layer up, put on mittens and join us for a day of family fun outdoors. We all deserve it! “
For more information and an up-to-date schedule of all activities, visit kickapoovalley.wi.gov or KVR’s Winter Festival Facebook page.
The Kickapoo Valley Preserve is an 8,600-acre stretch of public land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Proceeds from the Winter Festival event support stewardship on the KVR.
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