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Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce
The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce more details regarding the 33rd annual Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival, which will take place Feb. 15–17, 2019 at Lakeside Park in Mayville, along the shores of scenic Chautauqua Lake. This annual winter event, a highly anticipated Chautauqua County tradition since 1987, will feature winter events and activities for the entire family, contests for children and adults, as well as food and craft vendors. The centerpiece, weather permitting, is a massive ice castle constructed of blocks from Chautauqua Lake’s frozen surface.
The Polar Plunge, a festival favorite, organized by Family Health Medical Services, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Western New York. Registration for the Polar Plunge begins at 1 p.m., just before the event. Participation forms will be available at the 2019 Polar Plunge Facebook page, facebook.com/PolarPlungeMayville, the Winter Festival Facebook page, or at chautauquachamber.org/mayville-chautauqua. Call 716-753-7107, Ext. 100 for more information.
Also returning in 2019 is the annual Chili Cookof, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Those who would like to enter their chili should call the Chamber office at 716-753-3113 for more information. With a purchase of tasting tickets, festivalgoers will serve as judges for the contest. The prize presentation for the winning chili chef will take place at 5 p.m.
The 2019 Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival will also feature a number of new events and activities, including the addition of a beer and wine tent, a pond hockey tournament and a children’s activity tent with activities planned by Camp Mission Meadows. Other events and activities again featured will be the traditional Saturday-evening fireworks, bonfire and flare parade (weather permitting) by Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, a cold-water rescue demo by the Dewittville Fire Department, snowmobile rides (weather permitting) by the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, a snowball distance throwing contest, children’s Snowman/Snow Animal Building Contest sponsored by Andriaccio’s Restaurant, Lego Creation Contest sponsored by North Shore Specialties, Kids Corner edible crafts and Rainbow the Clown, among many more to be added.
The annual Winter Festival Scavenger Hunt will again take place during the month of February 2019, at no cost to participants; contestants will visit participating Chamber-member businesses to find the Winter Festival logo located somewhere inside, copying a codeword onto an entry form, and mailing the form to the Chamber office when complete.