Mayville’s Winter Festival features activities and contests for all ages

MAYVILLE – The 2013 President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival is taking place the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at Lakeside Park in Mayville. The event, in its 26th year, will feature winter activities and contests for all ages, including snowmobile rides, snowshoe demos, giant kids slide (weather permitting), food and craft vendors, a Pet Parade, bonfire, Cold Water Rescue Demo, and fireworks to name a few.

The children’s activities have been expanded to include a Fishing Pond sponsored by Home Chic, Mayville and a Legos Play Area. Other activities will be a Snowball Distance Throwing Contest for children and adults sponsored by Westfield Dodge City, Westfield, Chili Cook-Off, Children’s Snowman/Ani-mal Building Contest sponsored by Andriaccio’s Restaurant, Mayville, Rainbow the Clown (face painting and balloon sculptures), and Kids Corner Edible Crafts.

Those interested in participating in the Chili Cook-Off can contact organizer Ken Shearer at 753-0981 for details and information.

A Polar Bear Swim will again take place at the Festival this year with the proceeds being raised benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry. If you’d like to take the plunge into frigid Chautauqua Lake for a very good cause, call the Chamber Office at 753-3113 for information and to obtain a sponsorship form. If you’d like to show off your pet at the Pet Parade, call organizer Pati Centi at 269-7829 for information.

The Medallion Treasure Hunt is all set to begin Feb. 4. Sponsored by The Maple Inn, Chautauqua Institution, the winner of this year’s Treasure Hunt will win $100 cash plus a weekend stay at The Maple Inn. Registration forms are available until Feb. 3 at Mayville businesses: Mayville Hardware, Webb’s Year-Round Resort Candy/Gift Shop, The Cottage Collection at Webb’s, Lighthouse Point Grocery, Home Chic, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center (front desk), Crosby’s, and Chautauqua County branches of Northwest Savings Bank and M & T Bank. Cost of registration is $2 and participants must be registered to win. Details are in the registration form.

This festival could not take place without dedicated sponsors: Major Sponsors Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, Felony Entertainment LLC, Chautauqua Suites-Olives Restaurant-Bellini Lounge, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, Chautauqua Marina; Platinum Sponsors M & T Bank, Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant/The Cottage Collection, Lictus Keystone; Gold Sponsors Northwest Savings Bank, Digitell Inc., Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Craig K. Whittington, D.V.M., Family Health Medical Services, The Maple Inn; Perfection Digital; and Silver Sponsors Irwin Bay Cottages, Home Chic, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, “A” Automotive, Schaack & Nelson-Attorneys at Law, Mayville Auto Supply Inc., Welch’s.

Check out the President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival Facebook Page for more information or call the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce at 753-3113.