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WinterFest in Biddeford Cures Cabin Fever
Biddeford, Maine will be the site of WinterFest 2014, where the City of Biddeford and local community groups have collaborated to cure cabin fever. During the weekend of Feb. 7-9, people of all ages are invited to participate in activities that no one would expect to see in the midst of City Square.
The weekend begins with Biddeford Big Air on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., where skiers and riders from all over New England compete in a Big Air and Rail Jam contest. A drop in tower over three stories high will be built right in City Square, where viewers will be able to watch thrilling mid-air tricks. With $2000 in prizes, the exciting event is free to the public. More information can be found at www.biddefordbigair.com.
Also that evening, Dave Mallet, Maine songwriter, performs simple and beautiful folk tunes at City Theater. Tickets can be purchased online or at the City Theater box office for $15.
On Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. there will be activities for the whole family in City Square including snow shoeing, snow volleyball, kid’s games and sliding on Adams Street. There will be an exciting rail demo as well as a rail clinic.
Downtown businesses in Biddeford will offer promotions to encourage visitors to stop in. Local service organizations will provide activities and sell foods in City Square as well.
On Saturday night, City Theater will welcome festival goers inside once again for comedian Juston McKinney at 8 p.m. He has appeared numerous times on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and is part of “Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation,” which aired on TBS. Tickets can be purchased online or at the City Theater box office for $19.50.
WinterFest coordinator John Maxson says, “Our goal is to celebrate Biddeford’s past while welcoming all these new traditions.”
There will be free skating and pizza at WestBrook skating rink on Sunday from noon-5.
Also on Sunday, a film about the French-Canadian migration to Chrisholm, Maine called, “Down by the River’s Edge,” will be shown at 3 p.m. at McArthur Library
WinterFest has multiple community sponsors and the major festival sponsors are the City of Biddeford, Biddeford Savings, Golf and Ski Warehouse, PeoplesChoice Credit Union, Phil Labbe Excavating, Jimmy Thyng Paving, York County Federal Credit Union, and Loon Mountain.
The organizations that are involved in putting on WinterFest include the Biddeford Departments of Public Works and Parks & Recreation, Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Biddeford Saco Rotary, City Theater, Downtown Development Commission, Heart of Biddeford, Knights of Columbus, La Kermesse, McArthur Public Library, New Life Church, Project Sunrise, St. Jean de Baptiste, University of New England, Westbrook Skating Rink, and Winterkids.
More information about the event can be found on the BiddefordWinterFest Facebook page.