Chardon Tomorrow Gears Up for 2013 WinterFest

Chardon Tomorrow

Chardon Tomorrow would like to announce the finalization of plans for WinterFest 2013 complete with wagon rides drawn by a team of Clydesdales, a snowman guessing contest, dog sled demonstrations, snowmobile rides, games, and more.

The festival will take place on Saturday, January 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Square. There is no admission charge to attend and most of the activities are free for the whole family to enjoy.

The activities will begin the week of December 17 with the display of wooden snowmen on the Square. The snowmen are sponsored by local businesses and decorated by Chardon High School students in a theme matching the business. At WinterFest, families and individuals will have the opportunity to match up individual snowmen with the business represented. Participants who guess correctly will be eligible to win one of the prizes donated by snowman sponsors.

Pancake BreakfastThe day’s activities will begin with a pancake breakfast at Pilgrim Christian Church from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, pure maple syrup donated by local producers, sausage, coffee, and juice. The cost for the breakfast will be $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $5 for children under 10.

Starting at 9 a.m., there will be free activities including Siberian Husky dog sled demonstrations, ice sculpting presented by Elegant Ice Creations, and snowmobile rides at Mel Harder Park sponsored by the Ohio State Snowmobile Association. New this year is the appearance of the Big Sky Clydesdales of Chardon. The Clydesdales, sponsored by the Chardon Square Association, will be giving free wagon rides around the Square.

Festival goers can also try their hand at a variety of snow games including snow tag inside a snow maze, snow putting, snow bowling, snow angels and  snow snakes. To keep warm, attendees can hang out beside two bonfires on the Square or by the fireplace in the log cabin. Also inside the cabin will be goodies served by Chardon Square Association, displays, and raffles.

To help guests follow the action, Chardon’s own Paul Newman, attorney with Newman & Brice, and Chardon native Jenn Harcher, WOIO meteorologist, will be roving the Square while announcing upcoming activities, interviewing guests and playing their favorite tunes.

For more information about WinterFest 2013, call 440-247-3077 or email


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