Winter Days takes on a little bit different twist this year, accented by the continuation of warmer temperatures (at least not below zero readings) and the present lack of snow, which in reality, could be a great thing in terms of upping attendance figures.
The only downside could be the cancellation of one of the longstanding events, the popular sleigh rides, which will be contingent upon whatever precip is on the ground the day the event rolls around.
However, the popular Snow Golf Tourney will go on regardless, with those participating may having to try their luck on the browned grass at North Elmwood Park, an act that could lend itself to improved outcomes for many of the golfers who look forward to this annual play stop.
The West Fargo Park District Winter Days gets underway Friday, Jan. 13, continuing through Jan. 21. The kickoff event will take place at the West Fargo Public Library at 10:30 a.m., Friday, with a free movie and popcorn for preschoolers and their caregivers.
Saturday the action heats up with the free Winter Days party at the Cheney Middle School from 1 to 3:30 p.m. featuring sleigh rides or carriage rides (weather permitting), inflatable games, balloon sculptures, and interactive music for the kids complete with disc jockey. Those attending will also be able to decorate a cookie, partake in face painting and games, and enjoy hot chocolate. The afternoon will also feature special performances: Tae Kwon Do at 1:30 p.m. and Halftime by Sheri Dance Studio at 2:30 p.m.
The Snow Golf Course will be open both Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in North Elmwood Park. Participants are asked to bring their golf clubs and tennis balls and play a round of golf on the nine-par course and then sign up for the Snow Golf Tournament that is scheduled for Jan. 21.
Sunday will also offer an open skate evening of indoor family fun at the Veterans Memorial Arena from 7 to 8:30 p.m. that will also take place on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those planning on attending are asked to bring their own skates as rentals will not be available. Charge for this event is $1 per skater.
New Winter Day highlights will be the mainstay on Monday, Jan. 16, with the Polar Bear Pool Party at L.E. Berger Elementary School from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. followed by Holiday Bingo at the West Fargo Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m.
The pool party will consist of games, open swim, beach party music, and door prizes all at no charge. Those attending must be 46 inches tall or accompanied by a parent.
The bingo is open to youth of all ages and is also free.
That evening a Crochet Jewelry Class will also be held at the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call to register for this free class at 701-433-5460.
A second session of Movies and Popcorn will be held at the library on Friday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m.; and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the library will be the site for a Bag Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Two huge events will conclude Winter Days festivities on Saturday, Jan. 21: the 20th Annual Snow Golf Tournament and West Fargo's Best Chili Cook-off.
The nine-holes of golf will be played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in North Elmwood Park, at a free of $5 per person. Tees times can be reserved by calling 433-5360.
The annual Chili Cook off headquartered out of the West Fargo VFW follows the snow golf tourney with check-in time for entries from 3 to 4 p.m. with judging getting underway at 4 p.m. Three prizes will be awarded: first place, $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.
Those entering must be 21 years and older. Entry fee is $8. Door prizes will also be featured and following the judging, those attending will be able to enjoy chili samples.
A variety of fun and challenging games will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the opportunity to win a $50 prize.
Rounding out the daylong activities will be a dance featuring "Kid Hollywood" from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Other ongoing Winter Days activities include:
*The annual Snow Flake Search set to kick off today. Participants will hunt for five silver snowflakes hidden above ground at public locations to win prize gift packages valued at $225 or more that include: Snowflake A: Hornbacher's, Stars and Strikes Bowling, Happy Joe's, Furniture for Less, and All-Stop; Snowflake B: Cloud 9, Lucky's 13, Eagle Run Crossing, Goodfellas, and All-Stop; Snowflake C: Hornbacher's, Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, Sandy's Donuts, and All-Stop; Snowflake D: Hornbacher's, Sooper Stop Spitfire, Sandy's Donuts, McDonalds and All-Stop; Snowflake E: Petro Serve USA, Red River Valley Fair, Fancy Paws Pet Salon, and All-Stop.
Clues and rules will be published in the West Fargo Pioneer and West Fargo News today and Jan. 18; be posted at the main entrance windows of the West Fargo Park District office; and on the following websites: www.wfparks.org and www.westfargopioneer.com
*The Winter Days Photo Contest allowing participants to show off their photography skills by entering their favorite pictures. Winners will receive a ribbon, photo prizes and the opportunity to have their photo featured on the front cover of the West Fargo Park District Activity Guide. A winner will be chosen in each of five categories: best youth action for summer and winter activity photo, best scenic park photo for summer and winter, and most creative photo; with the top photos displayed at the West Fargo Public Library from Jan. 24-31. Entry forms and rules are available on the park district website. Entries must be returned by Jan. 20 to the park district office or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Create Your Own Coloring Contest where preschool to third grade students can pick up a coloring contest form from the park office, their school or online at www.wfparks.org and decorate the form and return to the park office by January 20. Winning entries will be displayed at the West Fargo Public Library from Jan. 24-31.
*A Winter Days Crossword Puzzle will also be part of the fun, printed in today's issue of the West Fargo Pioneer and News. Everyone who completes a puzzle will be eligible to win a prize. One entry is allowed per person. Entries must be returned to the Park office by 4 p.m., Jan. 20.
West Fargo locations for the Winter Days events are: Cheney Middle School, 825 17th Ave. E.; West Fargo Park District Office and Elmwood Park, 500 13th Ave. W.; Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E.; West Fargo VFW Post 7564, 308 Sheyenne St.; and West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E.
Inquiries can be made or registrations for various events completed by calling the West Fargo Park District 701-433-5360 or more information is available by visiting their website at www.wfparks.org.