WinterFest ends in style

Organizers rejoiced when this year’s WinterFest event ended with fireworks despite all the twists thrown at the planning committee.

WinterFest took place this past weekend, January 15, 2022, at Perrins Field and Deer Park Fire Station Meeting Room. The committee achieved a fantastic feat after having coordinator was informed on on January 5 that they could not use their long-term location at Deer Park High School for organizing indoor events. On the 10th of the month, they secured their new site; however, the place was smaller, which led to several challenges for the organizers. In addition, volunteers and activity coordinators were contacted to see if they could adapt to this last minute change; some had to cancel, but many rose to the challenge. A revised schedule was therefore posted on the evening of the 10th. On the evening of the 14th and early in the morning of the 15th, the Kiwanis and Key Club members set up the event space. The fire station was very helpful and accommodating in helping with what was needed to make this event happen.

Some events started at 9 a.m., including the Friends of the Deer Park Library Book Sale, Crafts, Vendor’s Fair, and Kiwanis Children’s Book Giveaway. The opening ceremony began shortly after 10 a.m. The ceremony included the presentation of the colors by the Civil Air Patrol of Deer Park, the mayor’s proclamation, honored citizen Marilyn Reilly was recognized, as was logo design winner Brittany Knutson. Jennifer Follansbee-Moss received the Mayor’s Rock award for finding the rock at Masters Brewhouse. The members of the WinterFest committee were also recognized, Kiwanis as well as Local Royalty.

There was the 1 Mile Fun Run, Frostbite 5K, Outhouse Races, Snowshoe Relay and Free Hot Chocolate Stand for those looking to enjoy the outdoors. The evening ended with a bang at 5 p.m. with a fireworks display at Deer Park Sports Complex.

The Kiwanis and WinterFest committee then posted their thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard; many had full-time jobs, families and several volunteers struggling with illness. Additionally, they thanked their sponsors, contributors, and donors who provided financial support, which made it possible for Deer Park WinterFest to provide so many free and fun family events and activities.

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