Having a blast at Winter Fest

Families found plenty of fun at the Olympic Fun with Games event in Central Park on Saturday during the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Winter Fest.

Kids received a free book from NBA Community Education, created snowmen, played a little turkey bowling and had their names entered into a drawing for more prizes. Parents and adults also joined in the fun with the Giant Jenga game and the smooshing event.

Hardly a simple task, smooshing involves a team of three or four people that walks step by step atop a duo of two-by-four boards (with each foot strapped in), while holding on as best they can, until the team reaches the finish line.

Families particularly enjoyed watching Rob Graham use his chainsaw, chisel and creative eye in bringing a few ice sculptures to life under the park’s gazebo. Parents took many photos of their children sitting atop some of the works, which included a snowmobile, polar bear and even penguins pulling a sleigh.

Kids of all abilities and ages also put on their ice skates for the Family Ice Skate with Frosty event at the Municipal Skating Rink. Winter Fest concluded Sunday, Feb. 9, with “S’more Fun” Sliding with Frosty at Stacy Lion’s Park in Stacy.

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