Winterfest begins Thursday

The lakeshore’s biggest winter weekend is almost here.
Tribune Staff
Jan 21, 2013

Winterfest 2013 will run snow or not from Jan. 24-27, and the schedule for this year is packed full of wintertime fun.

“It is, hands down, the biggest thing that happens on the lakeshore in the winter,” said Kevin Galbavi, Winterfest president. “And aside from being the biggest, it’s definitely the most interesting.”

Everyone is invited to join in the festivities that kick off on Thursday with a Glow Bowl at Mulligan’s Hollow that will begin at 4 p.m.

On Friday, there will be an art reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum and an intergalactic human sled race beginning at 8 p.m., following registration at 7 p.m., on First Street.

Saturday’s events begin with a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m., followed by a family dog pull at 9:30 a.m. and the cardboard sled race at 10:30 a.m. These first three activities will take place at Mulligan’s hollow at 1 Y Drive, Grand Haven. Registration for the dog pull begins at 9 a.m. and registration for the cardboard sled race begins at 10 a.m.

The lack of snow this winter caused some to worry about the sled races being canceled, but Galbavi said that won’t be the case.

“It’d be nice to have it, but we don’t need it,” he said. “We’ll still be running it; we’ll just run it on the pavement.”

In the past when there has been no snow, the Winterfest organizers hauled tons of snow in, but Galbavi said that won’t happen this year.

“We’ve been trying to slow those sleds down for years anyway because they’re too fast. Well, that’s not going to be a problem this year,” Galbavi with a chuckle. “We’ll just run them right onto the cement.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

— By Emily Anderson, Tribune intern

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