The only time of the year when Warren County residents are crossing their fingers and hoping for snow is upon us. Held annually at Chapman State Park in Clarendon, PA, Warren County’s Winterfest is the largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds region.
The 2020 event is happening Friday- Sunday January 17-19 and features a wide variety of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Winterfest kicks off Friday morning with a 32-mile sled dog race as part of the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races at Chapman Dam. A “meet the musher” supper will be held at the Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club at 5:00pm on Friday evening. Spend some time with the men and women who train and race their beautiful sled dogs.
Saturday is a day full of family fun and adventure beginning with the Lobdell “unlimited” 12 mile race with teams of eight sled dogs or more. Canine weight pulls start Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. Come on in, the water’s fine! Take the Polar Bear Plunge at 2:00pm along with the other crazed plunge enthusiasts in the icy cold waters of the West Branch of the Tionesta Creek. Dedicated to the late Patrick Shine all registration fees paid by participants benefit the Salvation Army of Warren, PA. “Geomeet” in Pavilion #2 for geocaching from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
National champion weight pulling dogs compete on Sunday beginning at 10:00am.
For the 10th year the Warren County Conservation District is pleased to be holding their annual Four Seasons Quadrathlon. Designed to advocate outdoor activity and time spent in nature the self-guided outdoor adventure has its headquarters at Pavilion #2 at the east side of the lake. Maps will be available on the easel. This event runs all weekend.
A variety of open downhill sledding events will take place, as well as cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and several food vendors.
Free and open to the public Warren County Winterfest is planned and run by many dedicated volunteers and proudly sponsored locally in part by the Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club, EmergyCare, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and many other contributing donors.
For more information pelase call the Chapman State Park office or the Warren County Visitors Bureau at 800-624-7802.