MAYVILLE – The Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival is set to take place on Friday evening at 6 p.m. for the opening ceremony and lighting of the Ice Castle at Lakeside Park in Mayville.
On Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m., there are multiple events that are fit for all ages and families. This year at the festival there will be a local beer and wine tent featuring Big Inlet, Southern Tier, EBC, Four Mile, Great Lakes, Johnson Estate, Merritt, and 21 Brix.
There will be a kids tent exclusive to kids with games and activities. Ice skating and hockey on the lake will be available but rental skates aren’t. A DJ will be playing all weekend.
At 2p.m. on Saturday, a Polar Plunge will take place in Chautauqua Lake. At 8 p.m. a winter fireworks show will start.
In an interview with the President of Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce, Sally Andriaccio said, “This year we really tried to amp it up a little bit. What’s new this year is we are having a beer and wine tent. Featuring all local wineries and breweries. We also have a kids tent this year, exclusively for kids… We’ve got some ice skating and hockey on the lake. We have a lot of new food trucks this year and a lot of crafters. The last tent we have is a local vendor tent, which is just a lot of local people who are featuring their products.”
Some other activities that will be at this years festival include:
- Horse drawn carriage rides
- Chili cook off
- Pet Parade
- Scavenger Hunts
- Cold water rescue (1:30 sat)
- Local crafters/artisan tents
- Carnival Game Tent
- Snowmobile rides (weather permitting)
- Chainsaw carving
- Bonfires (6:00 p.m. sat)
- Snowman/Animal building contest (2:30 sun)
- Flare Parade (weather permitting)
“It’s an outlet for people to get out of the house and enjoy some festivities,” said Andriacco.
The annual festival started in 1987 and has been growing ever since.
Andriacco wants to thank everyone who was involved in planning for the event and all the volunteers and hard work they put in for it.