Bigger, better Vinterfest coming to Scandia

Hockey, skiing, winter survival camp on deck next weekend

Vince Stevens and his son Hudson, 2, practiced with a puck at the Leonard Wojtowicz skating park in Scandia on Saturday. This year the hockey rink will be the site of the Scanley Cup tournament on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Vince Stevens and his son Hudson, 2, practiced with a puck at the Leonard Wojtowicz skating park in Scandia on Saturday. This year the hockey rink will be the site of the Scanley Cup tournament on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Mary Bailey
Community Editor

You may want to mark your calendar for the weekend of Feb. 1.

Scandia’s annual winter celebration has more to offer this year. Vinterfest is a community celebration put on by the Scandia Parks and Recreation Committee at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 N. 209th St.

Across 209th Street from the community center, sledders will enjoy the hill at Elim Lutheran Church. Next to the community center, at the Leonard Wojtowicz skating park, sledders and skaters can warm up by the bonfire and roast marshmallows.

Outside the community center will be the snow sculpting contest, and inside, guests can sample some chili and vote for the best at the chili cook-off. Performances by the Pleasant Valley Cloggers are also held inside. These events, held every year, will be on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Hockey tournament

New this year, the Scanley Cup adult hockey tournament will run from 5-10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

For a $250-per-team registration fee, teams of six to 12 players ages 18 and up will be guaranteed a minimum of three games, played four on four with goalies. A single-elimination format will be used, with a maximum of 10 teams.

With support from the Scandia-Marine Lions Club, Roberts Family Funeral Home of Forest Lake is sponsoring the hockey tournament and also a slap shot contest to raise money for Scandia’s Leonard Wojtowicz skating park. For registration information, contact Corey at 651-755-6401 or croberts@forestlakefloral.com.

Ski, snowshoe and survive winter

LilleTour is another new event, sponsored by the city and Gammelgården Museum. From noon to 3:30 Saturday, guests can ski, walk or snowshoe a trail that starts at the museum and winds through Lilleskogen Park.

FR_Vinterfest logoThe VinterSurvival Camp at Lilleskogen Park, with polar explorer Ann Bancroft, will be one stop on the tour. Pearson’s Candy Company donated 11 cases of Salted Nut Rolls to the camp.

Also along the tour, participants can answer questions in the QuizPromenade, a traditional Swedish trivia game for all ages.

Kids prizes include a Fjällräven backpack from Sweden, a Memorex My Video Camera and merchandise from the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team. For adults, there will be an Ekelund table runner woven in Sweden, an Ann Bancroft expedition print and a face cord of firewood.

Chili cook-off

This will be the fourth year for the chili contest, sponsored by the Scandia Parks and Recreation Committee.

Ten contestants sign up by Jan. 29 and then set up a festive table in the community center on Saturday, Feb. 1, where they give out samples from 2-3:30 p.m.

The judges determine a winner, and there are also people’s choice and best decorated table awards.

To register for these events, visit www.ci.scandia.mn.us or call 651-433-2274.

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