Winterfest BG 2016
Over Valentine’s Day weekend this year, there was more than just love in the air. Bowling Green held its 8th annual Winterfest Event. This event takes place throughout the city, showing off the nooks and crannies Bowling Green has to offer. Winterfest was started eight years ago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scott Hamilton’s win of the gold medal in the Olympics, and Winterfest has continued to thrive. “The planning for this winter festival starts about six months before it happens” says Wendy Chamber, executive director of Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau. There is a lot of work that goes into holding this event and the committee is made up of many community organizations and fundraisers.
This year’s Winterfest began with the UCT Hockey Tournament which had twenty-three participating teams. Friday night Bowling Green State University battled off against Miami University in a hockey game, but lost 4-1.
All through the cold weather, visitors and community members came out to see and participate in events being held. One of the events, the Frostbite Fun Run had about fifty participants, and was sponsored by BIGGBY Coffee. There were ice sculptures located at City Park, Ice Arena and downtown, and despite with cold temperatures the only event cancelled was the horse and carriage rides.
For those who are not a fan of the cold, there were multiple indoor events as well. At the downtown Bowling Green Four Corners Center, there was an art exhibit featuring the work of Bowling Green High School students. Artwork included photographs, silhouette paintings, and ceramics.
The Wood County District Public Library held two events for children and adults. For children, Imagination Station had some scientific creations to amaze the kids by making fake snow. Meanwhile upstairs, children and adults worked to figure out the secrets that Bowling Green has to offer in the “I Heart Wood County Scavenger Hunt”. There was also a live band, Looking for Lucinda, at Stones Throw Tavern and Grill Saturday night.
Winterfest this year was a huge success, thanks to the sponsors and organizations who contributed, as well as the visitors and community members who ventured out in the cold. This event is promoted throughout Northwest Ohio with the hope to have the participants stay, shop, dine, and experience everything Bowling Green has to offer.