The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce more details regarding the 34th annual Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival, which will take place Feb. 14–16, 2020, 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 festival will launch at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, with the lighting of the castle followed by the Queen of Hearts Ice Ball, a night of great music, cash bar with beer and wine, dancing, food trucks and more from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the heated party tent at Lakeside Park. Live music will provided by popular and award-winning Buffalo band Black Widow. More details available at the festival’s Facebook page — search for Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival Mayville.
The Polar Plunge, a festival favorite, organized by Family Health Medical Services, is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Western New York. Registration for the Polar Plunge begins at 10:30 a.m.. Participation forms are available at the 2020 Polar Plunge Facebook page, facebook.com/PolarPlungeMayville, or at the FHMS website.
Also returning in 2020 is the annual Chili Cookoff, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. For more details and to enter, call 716-366-6200 or email email@example.com. 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 Festival is proud to partner with the Chautauqua Striders in 2020 to introduce the Ice Extravaganza 5K to Festival offerings, starting and ending at Lakeside Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Registration and details are available at the Striders Facebook page, facebook.com/chautauquastriders.
The 2020 Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival will feature a number of new popular events and activities and continue many introduced in 2019, including the return of the popular 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, the Polar Plunge benefit organized by Family Health Medical Services (visit fhmsmed.com/events for more information and a registration form), a cold-water rescue demo by the Dewittville Fire Department, snowmobile rides (weather permitting) by the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, the annual Pet Parade at 4 p.m. Saturday, the Great Alphabet Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Beauty Boutique and G.L. Olson, the Snowball Distance Throwing Contest sponsored by Westfield Dodge City, children’s Snowman/Snow Animal Building Contest sponsored by Chautauqua Harbor House, Lego Creation Contest sponsored by North Shore Specialties, Kids Corner edible crafts sponsored by Wegmans, and Rainbow the Clown, among many still to be added.
Those interested in volunteering to help with the festival preparations or at the festival itself should call Chamber Coordinator Jacquelyn Sasso at 716-366-6200. Special thanks to festival sponsors to date: Town of Chautauqua, Douglas Crane Service, Lictus Oil & Propane, Jeff Lang Enterprises, Empire Energy, and Andriaccios’s Restaurant (Platinum Sponsors); Chautauqua Marina, Guppy’s Tavern, Chautauqua Institution, Kravitz Tree Service, Webb’s Harbor Restaurant. Pepsi, Camp Mission Meadows, Scott Sampson Self Storage, Jamestown Awning, and Digitell (Gold Sponsors); and Maple Inn and Maple Group Real Estate, Inner Lakes Federal Credit Union, Freay Funeral Home, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, ProForma, Best Way Container, 360 Graphics, K-Kare Services Inc., and Northwest Bank (Silver Sponsors). Those interested in making a financial contribution to the festival to help cover the many expenses associated with an event this size, should call the Chamber office at 716-366-6200 to learn about sponsorship opportunities available.