Erie's Frontier Park hosts 10th annual Winterfest

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A Winterfest Recycled Sled Contest entry.
Full day of winter fun

By Heather Newton/

The winter blues were nowhere in sight during the 10th annual Winterfest celebration Sunday, Feb. 8, in Erie's Frontier Park. Outdoor lovers of all ages took advantage of this midwinter fun-filled day.

The month of February is typically one of the coldest months of the year, and for many that means limited options for outdoor fun. However, the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier (LEAF) expanded those options for many at Winterfest, LEAF's mission is to create educational opportunities and outdoor experiences for the community.

The outdoor activities included a scavenger hunt, ice-fishing demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a recycled sled contest and race. There was also an opportunity to win a cash prize by purchasing numbered rubber duckies that were released into the park's stream. Participant's stood along the banks cheering their potential winners toward the finish line. Also, a local robotics team volunteered its time to educate kids and parents on the physics of sled riding.

Even if you were not able to make it to this year's Winterfest, Frontier Park is still a great place for winter fun. It is one of Erie's premier sled riding locations and boasts hiking trails for great winter walks. LEAF also offers other events throughout the year. For more information about LEAF, visit