The Clintonville community is celebrating its “Winter Whirl” Friday – Sunday January 27-29.
Over the three days of the festival 18 different events are scheduled to be held, offering something for all ages and interests.
The festival kicks off on Friday with a used book sale by the Friends of the Library at the Public Library 10 am – 5 pm. Due to the large number of books they have available, they have also added hours on Thursday Jan. 26th from 6-8 pm.
The bowling and pizza activity Friday night at Clintonville Lanes is back this year. From 5:30-7:30 pm a group of four receives two hours of bowling plus a homemade pizza and a pitcher of soda for $25/lane. An extra person can be added for an additional $5. There may also be lanes available 7:30-9:30 pm if the first session fills up. Reservations and payments can be made at City Hall. 50 10th St.
Throughout the weekend at various venues, Friday night at Clintonville Lanes, Saturday at the Community Center and Clintonville Recreation Center and Sunday at the Community Center, raffle tickets for two art prints will be sold. The prints are: “Lights of Home” by Terry Redlin and “December Dawn-Cardinal” by Rosemary Millette. Tickets are $1 each. The drawing will take place at 11 am Sunday at the Community Center.
The signature event of Winter Whirl, the 23rd annual Tummy Warmer Chili and Chicken Soup Cookoff, is set for Saturday 10 am-1 pm at the Clintonville Recreation Center. In past years anywhere from 15 to 30 or more local and area chefs have competed to be named top cook in hot chili, mild chili and chicken soup divisions. Judging will take place at 11 am. The public can sample as few or as many of the entries as they desire for a fee. Persons interested in entering the contest can call the Park and Recreation Department at 823-7660. Judges are also needed.
Other activities planned at the Recreation Center on Saturday include an ice cream sundae booth, a dessert and beverage booth, inflatable fun for kids – two large inflatable units will be set up for kids age 3-12 to play in/on/with from 2-5 pm in the gym. There will be no charge although a free will offering will be requested. Also a Luige’s Pizza “by the slice” pizza booth, including cheese, sausage. pepperoni and deluxe pizza will be available at $2 per slice or $8 for an entire pizza. Luige’s pizza will also be available at the Community Center. In addition several crafters/vendors will also have booths set up selling their wares.
Other events taking place in the community on Saturday include: another edition of the Friends of the Library used book sale at the Public Library from 10 am -12:30 pm, the Clintonville Play and Learn Pre-School’s Free Pre-School Fun Day, 9-10:30 am for youth age 2-5 at the United Methodist Church (call 823-6328 to pre-register but walk-ins welcome), a homemade pie and ice cream social at the Community Center, along with several crafters/vendors also at the Community Center, the fourth annual Fire on Ice fishing derby on Pigeon Pond – 9 am start) adjacent to Pickerel Point, sponsored by the Clintonville Fireman’s Association, featuring prizes for both youth and adults for various fish species, a food and beverage tent and a cash prize raffle, $1 day at the CHS Rec Center 8am-4pm, where you can enjoy all the facilities available at the pool, fitness center and community gymnasium. Regular age policies will still apply for the use of the facility, Hot barbecue lunch 10-2 at the Community Center and a free open recreation session at the Clintonville Recreation Center with free pool, popcorn and soda.
Sunday kicks off with the Knights of Columbus famous “all you eat” porkie, pancake and scrambled egg breakfast at the Community Center from 7:30-11 am. The afternoon includes ice skating races for all ages, at the ice skating rink in WA Olen Park starting at 2 pm. There will be no charge to take part and hot chocolate and cookies will be available for all to enjoy, skaters as well as spectators.
A Children’s Carnival will take place 1-3 pm Sunday at St.Rose/St. Mary School, 140 Auto Street, featuring activities such as duck pond, fishing fun, bean bag toss, ring toss, face painting, cupcake walk and more. Refreshments will also be available and there will be free popcorn for each child.
Further information about any of the Winter Whirl Activities is available from the Park and Recreation Department office at 715-823-7660.