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Arvada gears for new winter event

WinterFest will be held Feb. 24 at McIlvoy Park

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The Arvada Festivals Commission hopes to get the community out to celebrate outdoor activities and culture at a new event, WinterFest, scheduled for Feb. 24 at McIlvoy Park in Olde Town Arvada.

The free, family-friendly event will feature a passport that encourages attendees to watch cultural performances and taste food from throughout the world.

“We wanted to tie in some excitement with the Winter Olympics,” said Gretchen Sherlock, chair of the Arvada Festivals Commission for 2018. “The intent was to celebrate the things that are relevant to the winter games and that includes a cultural component.”

Games will include cornhole and an obstacle course for kids.

Cultural performers will include the Russian Youth Choir, Asian Cultural Center, Native American dancers and Peruvian dancers.

“We're just excited about what we have been able to capture and believe we've built a pretty strong first year event,” Sherlock said.

The Arvada Festivals Commission hosts several family events throughout the summer including the annual Arvada Kite Festival, Arvada Trails Day and Arvada on Tap, but felt like there was a lack of family activities in the winter months, which is why they are launching the new event.

The timing of the Winter Olympics was a bonus.

“It allows us to talk about getting outside and being active in the winter,” Sherlock said. “People are more willing to do so after seeing incredible athletes on the world stage.”

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