CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — It’s February and the middle of winter in the great Northeast. The Super Bowl is over, the groundhog has seen his shadow, and that can only mean one thing, Clifton Park Winterfest must be coming.
The town’s annual break from the mid-winter doldrums with all its free fun and entertainment will take place from mid-morning till late afternoon Feb. 15.
The events scheduled to be held inside Clifton Park Center and the ones scheduled for the hearty folks at Riverview Orchards will go on at regardless of the weather.
An ice fishing demonstration scheduled for Barney Road is dependent on the cooperation of Mother Nature
The activities inside Clifton Park Center get started at 11 a.m. with a selection of musical numbers by the Clifton Park Community Chorus. Shortly after their performance the well-known Clifton Park Idol contest will get underway with its two age groups, 6 years to 12 years and 13 to 17.
Constructive critiques are given on the spot and prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. A participant can sign up that day before the contest gets underway or by calling the town Parks, Recreation, and Community Affairs Department.
At the same time the Hilton Garden Inn’s Adirondack Room will be filled wall to wall with community groups and nonprofits discussing or demonstrating what it is they do and offering a variety of freebies.
A few of the groups scheduled to take part include the Clifton Park Elks, Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Census, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, and CAPTAIN CHS.
At 2 p.m. the Taste of Clifton Park Soup Contest, Taste of Clifton Park, gets underway in the Hilton’s banquet room. Unlike several nearby cities that hold similar soup events outside and charge fees, Winterfest’s soup contest is free, climate controlled, and has a cash bar.
This year nine local restaurants and dining establishments are scheduled to participate. The soup samples are plentiful and many of the eateries provide multiple entries for sampling.
At the Riverview Orchards location the staff will be providing children’s activities inside the store starting at 11 a.m... Depending on the weather, free sleigh rides or wagon rides through the orchard are expected to get underway at noon. If there is snow, sledding and tubing will take place on the orchard slopes as long as one comes with their own sleds, tubes and saucers.
There will be a bonfire where S’mores can be toasted ($1) and inside there will be chili, chowder, and pizza available for a fee.