Winterfest returns to Sparwood on February 2. File photo

Winterfest returns to Sparwood Feb. 2

Community event to feature “snopitch”, fatbiking, nordic skiing and other winter activities

The Sparwood Golf Club will be transformed into a winter wonderland when an annual community celebration returns to Sparwood on February 2.

This year’s Winterfest will feature a “snopitch” tournament, nordic ski and fatbike events, and an avalanche beacon search park.

District of Sparwood Community Service Assistant Sheri Taylor said there will be plenty to keep the kids entertained, including a toboggan hill (bring your own toboggan).

“Youth Action Sparwood will be offering free fatbike rides to teens aged 12 to 18,” she said.

“Fun bushcraft events and contests will challenge the wilderness set. A warm fire will be crackling in the midst of the activities with some great tunes playing.”

All events and activities will be held at the winter village at Sparwood Golf Club, where food and drinks will be available throughout the day.

The District has partnered with Reel Canadian Film Festival to show a Quebec film, La Bolduc, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 at the door and the golf club will host a special pre-movie dinner as well, call 250-425-2612 to make a reservation.

This is the fifth year Winterfest has been held in Sparwood and Taylor said community support for the event continues to grow each year.

“With all the outdoor possibilities to do in the winter, why not host a community event to share and educate people of the activities they can do during the winter months,” she said.

“We have seen the growth in hosting this and strongly believe it has the potential to keep growing, and become a well known event.”

The fatbike and nordic ski events are being hosted by the Sparwood Trails Alliance and Sunset Ridge Ski Society.

To sign up, visit Zone4.ca and search “FATfest” or “Ski-a-Thon”.

Winterfest runs from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 with event sign up from noon. Call Sparwood Leisure Services at 250-425-0552 for more information.

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