Rutland City’s 16th Annual Winter Fest kicks off Saturday afternoon and will feature daily events through Sunday the 24th.
Local business owner, Russ Marsan, sits on the board for the Rutland Winter Fest. He told us, many feel trapped inside during these colder months.
“You really lose that sense of community, sometimes. We put this winterfest on, it’s always during school vacation, during Presidents Day week,” said Marsan.
As a way to encourage children to head outside, Andy Paluch, the Executive Director for ‘Come Alive Outside‘ says, they are offering prizes.
“They can go every day to winterfest, and they are finding a secret code that is hidden. They find that and write it in their book,” said Paluch.
The ‘Winterfest Passport’ was given to over 2,000 students from Rutland County & Addison County. If students collect enough points, they can enter to win $50.00 to ‘Dick’s Sporting Goods’.
When it comes to any changes to Rutland City’s Winter Fest, Marsan tells us, it’s brought in the professionals.
“We are hosting professional snow carving this year. We have folks coming from Canada, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and all over the region,” he said.
Events kick off on Saturday with a Story Walk on Center Street at 10:00 am, and the ‘Family Ice Skating Night’ at Giorgetti Arena from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
There are so many more events, from sledding down Center Street to snowshoeing under the moon’s light. For all the events, you can find them here.