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The Ice is Arriving 12/29/2011
Winterfest 2012 is just around the corner and will kickoff on Friday, January 6, 2012 continuing for two weekends with ice, art, music, and wine. The community is invited to come celebrate the opening during the Historic Downtown Chelan First Friday from 5-8pm. During this first weekend, head downtown and watch as teams from The Lake Chelan Mirror newspaper, KOZI radio station and GoLakeChelan Online News go head-to-head in a friendly ice carving competition. The community votes on their favorite and the winner will get bragging rights for the year!
 
Also taking place during the Friday kickoff, local band The Townsmen will be playing downtown; artists will be creating art at several shops downtown, the Museum has crafts for kids, and don?t miss special offers from many of the downtown boutiques.
All week long, a team of carvers will be building several large ice sculptures, including:
                         
The North Cascades National Bank Ice Lounge ? The lounge is back, complete with a functioning ice bar and ice ?couches.? Dress warm!
 
The Blodgett Construction Ice Slide ? NEW this year, the slide is a great addition that will keep you entertained for hours!
 
The Throne ? A long standing tradition, the Throne is a great spot to get your picture taken to remember the great time you had during Winterfest!
 
The second weekend, January 13- 15; the traditional Winterfest events are planned along with some exciting new activities:
 
Friday, January 13th:
                         
Soupfest ? Come get a taste of the Valley at this year?s new friendly competition. Sample soups from many of our local restaurants and vote for your favorite.
 
Winterfest Wine Walk ? The growing popularity of the Winterfest Wine Walk has prompted organizers to create 2-days of wine tasting. Nearly 20 wineries from the Lake Chelan region will be offering 2-3 selections each day. Come Friday and Saturday to get the full Lake Chelan wine experience.
 
Saturday, January 14th:
                         
Snowflake Lane ? This is a special area just for the kids! Children can enjoy movies, face painting, crafts and much more.
 
Winter Sculpture Tour ? Spanning throughout the weekend, blocks of ice art will be placed throughout the Valley for a beautiful tour. Visit them all for great coupons and enter to win a raffle during the weekend.
 
Sunday, January 15th:
                         
Echo-Loppet ? The Lake Chelan Nordic Club will be hosting its 2nd annual Echo-Loppet, a friendly competition to see who can ski all the beautiful trails of Echo Ridge.
 
Visit www.LakeChelanWinterfest.com for all the details!


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