Travel & Outdoors

Guide to Lake Chelan’s January Winterfest

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This January, the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will again be hosting the annual Lake Chelan Winterfest Festival, January 11-13 and 18-20, 2013.

The charming town of Chelan is transformed in to a winter paradise for this annual event. Enjoy beautiful ice sculptures, live music, a beach bonfire, polar bear splash, chili cookoff, fireworks and more.

Plus, look for new events like Soupfest, WinterFEAST and Artisan Alley or the additional day of the hugely popular, Winterfest Wine Walk.

There’s even something for your four-legged friend. The Canine Fashion Show on Saturday, January 12 will meet at the Manson Grange Parking Lot at 2:00pm for the judging, followed by the Opening Ceremonies Parade at 3:00pm.

The first ever Snowshoe Race is set to take place on Sunday, January 13. The Chelan Winterfest Snowshoe Run is a 5k/10k snowshoe run along the Echo Ridge Trail. Men, women and children of all abilities are invited to participate. There will be a pre-race drawing for sponsor swag giveaways, as well as post-race hot soups and food to get you replenished. Awards will be given to the top Male and Female finishers for each distance. Register online HERE.

Or your family might want to participate in the 3rd annual Frosty Fun Run. Kids, dogs and people of all ages are invited to take part in the 5K and 1K fun run and walk begins at 11:00am on January 13. Register online HERE.

January 18 and 19, it’s Snowflake Lane for the younger set. Activities include face painting, crafts, movies and temporary tattoos. Bring the kids, grab a cup of hot chocolate and have a great time.

On January 19, you can brave the chill and participate in the Winterfest Polar Bear Plunge! At 7:45pm, splashers make the crazy plunge in to the freezing waters of Lake Chelan. Afterwards, splashers get priority placement next to the huge bonfire as the fireworks show begins.

For more details, visit the website at http://www.lakechelanwinterfest.com.

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