Here in Cedarburg, we pride ourselves on being a hardy lot … maybe that’s why Winter Festival is so popular and has been delighting people of all ages for the last 41 years. This year the festival is scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22, and everyone’s invited. Stroll along Washington Avenue on Saturday, with a piping hot cup of coffee in hand, and watch the ice carvers at work, transforming glistening blocks of ice into award-winning sculptures of frozen art. Early risers may want to watch the Lions tee off at 9 a.m. in Cedar Creek Park during the IceBurg Open Golf Tournament, or cheer on teams competing in the Co-Ed Sno-Ball Tournament in Behling Field.
If you see people hurrying toward the Boy Scout House behind the Settlement, chances are they’re hoping to find a prime spot to watch the costumed bed races on ice and also the barrel races. There are egg hunts for kids, sledding, ice skating and hay rides, not forgetting a Grand Costumed Parade along Washington Avenue. And, don’t forget to stop by the Community Center to discover who’s run away with this year’s award for the tastiest chili. Restaurants competing for the coveted “Best Chili” title will be judged the following day, and sampler plates will be available to the public then, too. Also on on Sunday, expect crowds of onlookers to gather outside the Community Center for the Alaskan Malamute dog weight pull competition and cheer on their favorite.
There’ll be a book sale at the library, make-and-take crafts at the quilt museum, a musical talent competition at the Cultural Center, live music and wine tasting at the Settlement and, of course, the popular Cool Brew & Tunes at the Community Center on Saturday night, with appetizers from local restaurants, dueling pianos and a new, home-brew competition. Visit cedarburgfestivals.org to purchase tickets for Cool Brew, and get times and dates for all the events on both Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to stay with us and let us pamper you during this festival weekend at the Washington House Inn.