President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival plans set

MAYVILLE – The 2014 President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival will take place the weekend of Feb. 14-16 at Lakeside Park in Mayville along the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake. This annual winter event has been taking place in Mayville since the first one was held in 1987. Still going strong in its 28th year, the festival features many winter events and activities for the entire family, contests for children and adults, as well as food and craft vendors.

The Snowball Distance Throwing Contest, Children’s Snowman/Animal Building Contest, Lego Building Contest, Children’s Golf Ball Race, Chili Cook-Off, Polar Bear Swim benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry, “Candy” Fishing Pond for children, Cold Water Rescue Demo, fireworks at 8 p.m. on Saturday, snowmobile rides (weather permitting), flare parade (weather permitting), and horse drawn rides are just some of the activities being planned.

If you are interested in participating in the Chili Cook-Off this year or the Polar Bear Swim which benefits the Mayville Food Pantry, call the Chamber Office at 753-3113 for more information. Forms will be available on the website to sign up for these events.

Rainbow the Clown, always a favorite with the children, will again be at the 2014 Festival with face painting and his unique balloon sculptures. Kids Corner Edible Crafts will also be back again this year, allowing children the opportunity to create sweet yummy crafts and then eat them.

The ice castle is a much anticipated aspect of this annual event. There is an immediate need for volunteers to assist with the construction effort for this year’s ice castle. If you would like to help with the construction of the ice castle this year, call the Chamber Office at 753-3113 for details as soon as possible.

The Medallion Treasure Hunt sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank, Maple Inn, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, and Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant is again taking place, with registrations being taken until Feb. 2 at Lighthouse Point Grocery, Webb’s Candy/Gift Shop, Webb’s Cottage Collection, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, Mayville Hardware, Crosby’s (Mayville), Lakeview Hotel, all located in Mayville, as well as Chautauqua County branches of M & T Bank and Northwest Savings Bank (Jamestown Savings Bank). Look for details in the registration form available at the above-mentioned businesses as to where the clues will appear and all treasure hunt rules. There will be a $250 cash prize for the winner of the Treasure Hunt this year as well as four prize drawings held for all those who are registered. Participants, however, must be registered in order to be eligible to win.

Information and a festival schedule of events will be available as the Festival planning progresses on the web site Look for the President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival Facebook Page as well, which will update as plans are made.

Many thanks go out to some of the sponsors for their generous support of this annual event: Major Sponsors Town of Chautauqua, Village of Mayville, Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, The Media One Group; Platinum Sponsors Webb’s Year Round Resort (Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant/Cottage Collection/Webb’s Candies & Gifts), M & T Bank; Gold Sponsors Family Health Medical Services, Northwest Savings Bank, 3 Seas Recreation, Andriaccio’s Restaurant, ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, Maple Inn, United Refining Company of Pennsylvania; and Silver Sponsors Schaack & Nelson Attorneys at Law, “A” Automotive, Hogan’s Hut, Irwin Bay Cottages, Chautauqua Abstract Company, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, Lighthouse Point Grocery, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Portage Hill Art Gallery.

The Festival Committee has been meeting and would welcome anyone who would like to help with the planning of the Winter Festival. Call us at the above Chamber office number and they will let you know when the next meeting is being held.

Organizers still have several spaces available for food vendors as well as limited spaces for craft vendors. If you are interested in being a vendor at the festival this year, call the office (Debby Marsala) at 753-3113.

If you would like to donate to the Festival to cover the many expenses of an event this size, e also call the chamber office and organizers will let you know what financial sponsorship opportunities are available.