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Winter festival enjoys good attendance

Competitors take part in the smooshboarding event as part of the Vitalympics
arts and entertainment New Richmond,Wisconsin 54017
New Richmond News
Winter festival enjoys good attendance
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Young and old alike stopped by Saturday, Feb. 9, to have a little fun in the snow.

The fourth annual Fire & Ice event was held at the ice rink near Starr Elementary in New Richmond. This year's gathering was bigger and better than ever, according to organizer Christine Melby of Messes & Masterpieces.

Skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mini-ice sculpting, ice painting, horse-drawn sled rides and more were offered to Fire & Ice participants of all ages. There were several bonfires burning to provide extra heat to the grounds.

Music was provided by Lyle Orr and A Notable Event. Concessions were also available throughout the day.

To help take the chill off during the day, a heated tent was installed to give people a chance to get out of the cold.

Also new this year were carnival games for kids under the tent. The games were coordinated by Messes & Masterpieces and proceeds from the carnival benefitted the non-profit organization.

For the second year in a row, Vitalympics joined forces with Fire & Ice to provide some winter fun for young people and adults. Teams competed in a variety of events to collect points toward the trophy. Events incuded the frozen pizza toss, smooshboarding, snow golf and more.

A new addition to this year's event is a snow kick ball tournament, which was coordinated by JA Counter and Associates.