Celebrate winter at Lippman Park with the Ellenville-Wawarsing Youth Commission’s Annual Winterfest on January 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! In the heated tent, you’ll find music and food: soup and hotdogs from Frankie’s Franks and a food truck from Tavern at the Gunks. Outside you’ll find fun winter challenges to compete in! This family-fun event began as a Broomball tournament between local service organizations. The Broomball tradition is still carried on today organized by the Renegade Bike Club, with the addition of a few more exciting activities:
Ice Skating & Broomball
The founding tradition of Winterfest, Broomball is a mixture of hockey and soccer, played on ice! The competition is open to anyone with a group of 10. Teams must call ahead to register: (845) 647-7800 ex. 129.
A relay race originating from an Eastern European tradition based around the 19th Century legend of “Ronkainen the Robber,” the Wife Carrying competition involves carrying another person through a series of obstacle courses!
Hike a one-mile course on the bike trails to collect envelopes at five different checkpoints. Each envelope contains playing cards, which you’ll use at the end of the course to play a round of poker. Whoever has the best hand wins a prize!
A classic game of tug-o-war! Sign up the day-of at the tent, by age or gender group.
Human Dog Sleds
Your classic dog sledding race adapted for humans. One person pulls the team on a sled. The human dog sled races can be done the traditional way or with mattresses, depending on what you bring.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve Educators will be leading an interactive hike where kids can look for signs of winter animal activity, along with other fun nature games.
Mountain Bike Riding
Please contact the Renegade Bike Club to participate in mountain bike riding at Winterfest: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact Cynthia “Sam” Bugna at the Ellenville-Wawarsing Youth Commission: (845) 647-7800 ex. 129.
Wawarsing, NY 12489