Annual Winter Fest Celebration

Ava Rosi, left, and Clara Bianchi, of Uruguay, participate in the Teddy Bear Carry event as part of the 14th Annual WinterFest at Giorgetti Park in Rutland on Sunday. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company donated the stuffed animals for the event and were distributed as prizes for participants with the fastest time completing the obstacle course.

Ava Rosi, left, and Clara Bianchi, of Uruguay, participate in the Teddy Bear Carry event as part of the 14th Annual WinterFest at Giorgetti Park in Rutland on Sunday. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company donated the stuffed animals for the event and were distributed as prizes for participants with the fastest time completing the obstacle course.

Winter Fest is made possible by many organizations coming together to promote community involvement. Sponsors include acf, Awesome Graphics, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County, Come Alive Outside, Downtown Rutland Partnership, Green Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America, Rutland Recreation Department, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Stewarts Shops, Vermont Teddy Bear and Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum and many others!

Friday, February 17

Friday Night Community Night Skate at Girogetti Arena, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Ice skating, activities, snacks and hot cocoa. Free event, includes skate rentals. Sponsored by Rutland City Church. www.rutlandrec.com/winterfest.

Saturday, February 18

Winter Fest Fun Day and Snow Sculptures in Main Street Park, Rutland, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

View snow sculptures sculpted by local schools and businesses to be judged in our contest. Small sculptures for kids to create their own masterpeices – paints and tools provided. Skating, marshmallow roasting, hot dogs provided. Free event. www.rutlandrec.com/winterfest Hosted by Carpenter and Costin and Come Alive Outside.

Sunday, February 19

Go Play Day at Girogetti Arena, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Snowshoeing, skating, Teddy Bear Carry competition, Fatbike demos by ColCycle, food, drinks, activities and much more. Free event. Hosted by Rutland Recreation & Parks Department. www.rutlandrec.com/winterfest

Monday, February 20

Frost Feet 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness at Rutland Country Club, 11 a.m. start.

All ages. $5 pre-register, $10 race day. Registration starts on-site at 10:15. Register at rutlandrec.com/winterfest.

Tuesday, February 21

Night Sledding on Center Street in Downtown Rutland, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bring your own sled and zip down snow-covered Center Street! Check out the homemade Cardboard Sled challenge as they race down the hill to win prizes. Rock out to music and enjoy a FREE family-fun event! Hosted by Downtown Rutland Partnership. www.rutlandrec.com/winterfest.

Wednesday, February 22

Freeze Frame Youth Film Contest Premiere at Merchants Hall, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Grades K- 12 students have entered creative five-minute films on what they love about Winter. The premiere will show the top seven films from each age category (K-6th, Middle School, High School) and winners in each category for individual and group will be announced that evening. Light refreshments. Hosted by Rutland Recreation & Parks and PEGTV. FREE event www.rutlandrec.com/winterfest

Showing at Paramount Theatre of Warren Miller’s film “Here, There and Everywhere”. 7 p.m. Tickets $20

Celebrating all things snowsports featuring industry veterans traveling the globe. www/rutlandrec.com/winterfest

Thursday, February 23

Vacation Movie Showing of “Finding Dory,” Paramount Theatre, 1 – 3 p.m.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming… …all the way to the Paramount Theatre for “Finding Dory” on the big screen. The funny and heartwarming movie is a perfect touch to the winter break.

This is a free event brought to you by Heritage Family Credit Union. Tickets must be picked up in advance and will be available at local Heritage Family Credit Union branches beginning February 8.

www.rutlandrec.com/winterfest

Friday, February 24

802GO! Winter, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Allen Street Entrance., 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Snow sculptures, horse-drawn carriage rides, sledding, snowshoeing, *snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating (*bring your own equipment) Kid’s snow activities by Wonderfeet. Warming fire and hot cocoa. Some events will be weather permitting. FREE event hosted by RRMC. www.rutlandrec.com/winterfest.

Saturday, February 25

Wonderfeet Winter Dance, The Palms Restaurant, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Winterfest Dance is for loved ones and little ones. Kids will dress up and dance the evening away with their favorite adult. Desserts and snacks provided. All proceeds benefit Wonderfeet Kids Museum. $15 per couple. Purchase tickets and get more information at www.wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org/winterdance.