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Celebrate the season at Chardon's annual WinterFest

Ice Carver at the Chardon WinterFest
Ice Carver at the Chardon WinterFest
courtesy Chardon WinterFest

Known as the "Snow Capital of Ohio," the city of Chardon is offering Clevelanders yet another chance to experience the joys of the winter season by hosting a family-friendly WinterFest on Saturday, January 18 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Chardon WinterFest Taking place mostly on Chardon Square, admission is free to this seasonal event as are many of the activities. The festivities begin with a pancake breakfast at the Pilgrim Christian Church (served from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.) featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, real maple syrup, juice and coffee. Cost for the pancake breakfast is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children under 10.

Free activities on the Square (from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) include ice sculpting demonstrations, snow bowling, making snow angels, snow putting, corn hole, and making your way through a snow maze. And don't miss the ice sculptures on display around the Square.

Visitors will also be able to view a sled dog demonstration and enjoy a meet-and-greet provided by the Siberian Husky Club of Cleveland.

In addition, free wagon rides (pulled by Big Sky Clydesdales) around the Square will be offered and be sure to check out the snowmobile rides (from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Mel Harder Park.

Guests will be able to warm up at outdoor fire pits and inside the log cabin where refreshments (including hot chocolate) will be available for purchase for a small donation.

Make sure you don't miss the Snowman Contest on the Square with the snowmen being sponsored by local businesses and decorated by Chardon High School students. More than 20 snowmen will be featured. Prizes will be awarded.

For more information about the Chardon WinterFest call 440-632-1538 or get online at www.chardonwinterfest.com.

Chardon, Ohio is 35 miles from downtown Cleveland and it is approximately a 45 minute drive.