The city of Beloit ended their annual Winterfest this Sunday. However due to the deep frost weather, several outdoor evets were cancelled. On Sunday, the events that were still on drew a small crowd. People from all over came out for the Euchre tournament at the Krueger Haskell Golf Club. An open swim events was held at the YMCA on 3rd Street followed by and open skate at Edwards Ice Arena with a free skate rental. The City of Beloit’s Parks and Recreation Office put on this weekend’s events which began on Friday, January 25th.
The outdoor events which were cancelled included the Luminary Riverside Walk on Friday, the Winter Walk About at the Confluence on Saturday, the horse drawn sleigh rides & the dip your own candle events on Sunday.
At the YMCA, Kyle Cole still made the day enjoyable with his two young daughters, they were swimming away without a care in the world. “I’m just looking for something fun to do with the kids around town”, he said.
Winterfest was set up by city officials an opportunity for local families, like Cole’s, to get out the house and hang out.
Sarah Millard from the City of Beloit Communications office says, “this time of year it gets to be cold the holidays are over but winterfest is really a chance for our residents to come out and bring their families and have fun activites whether it’s swiming or gymnastics or ice skating. It’s really a chance to get out and enjoy winter even though it’s cold and snowy out.”
Even though there were a few no-shows the Euchre tournament. The classic game still went on without at hitch at the golf club. The tournament lasted for hours and the winner walked away with prize money. According to the coordinator for the card game, Jan Hamilton, this is a great way to get the older people an opportunity to have their fun. Hamilton says, the game “just bringing people together and getting them out of the house. It’s just been around for many years, people like it.”
The last event for the day was an open skate event held at Edwards Ice Arena in dowtown. With all the enjoyment you can’t even tell old man frost is on his way.
“You can see here at the ice arena we are having people attend even though it’s cold. They’re out and enjoying winter,” said Millard.