Snow or no, Howard City Winterfest will go on

Last year’s Howard City Winterfest may have had more snow than this year’s weather, but the festival will go on this weekend. — File photo

HOWARD CITY — Snow flurries are possible today and Friday, but will there be enough of the white stuff to decorate Howard City this weekend?

Snow or no, the fourth annual Howard City Winterfest is scheduled for tonight through Saturday.

This weekend’s festival will kick off with a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at the VFW Post.

The Latitudes Roadhouse & Steelhead Tavern entertainment tent will be open Friday night and Saturday night with drinks and musical entertainment. Food will be available inside the bar and restaurant. Luke Gitchel and Luke Galloway will perform a country-bluegrass concert together on Friday night, while rock band The Outer Vibe will perform on Saturday night.

“We have an all-star cast of entertainment both Friday and Saturday,” said Latitudes owner Frank Zamarippa. “Friday night will have good quality, country-bluegrass style. Saturday’s going to be the all-around, every type of rock and roll, newer music, higher energy show.”

The Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library grounds will host many of Saturday’s activities (weather permitting), including a warming fire and refreshments, a children’s sledding hill, children’s activities such as snow fort building, snow painting and an obstacle course, a snow treasure dig, adult activities such as frozen turkey bowling and bed races and a vintage snowmobile show. For more information about registering for the snowmobile show, call West Michigan Snow Runners at (616) 636-7195.

“If we have snow, we can still paint it,” laughed Library Director Janice Williams of the children’s activities.

A new event this year is the Aspire Studios art exhibition at 127 Edgerton St. The exhibit will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday and judging will take place Saturday. Categories include elementary school age, junior high, high school and adults 18 and older. For more information about the art exhibit, call (231) 414-8033 or visit online.

Downtown activities on Saturday include a log carving display, carriage rides, a photo booth, a snowmobile safety class and a dogs on parade dog show.

Activities around town on Saturday include the Panhandle Passport Play Game, an art show by local artist Roy Bills and the Winterfest Treasure Hunt.

For a complete schedule of Howard City Winterfest events and sponsors, visit online.

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