Winter festival to offer outdoor fun along Quincy's riverfront

Posted: Jan. 14, 2013 9:50 am Updated: Jan. 28, 2013 11:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy Park District hopes it can help fill a wintertime void on Saturday when it plays host to its first winter festival at Clat Adams Park.

The Park District has joined forces with RiverSkate Quincy for what they hope is a fun-filled time outdoors.

"We thought there wasn't a lot of winter recreation outside," said Jessica Martin-Cate, Park District recreation and marketing supervisor.

A variety of family-friendly games and activities will be set up from 1 to 4 p.m. near the RiverSkate facility in the parking lot at Clat Adams.

The festival is free. RiverSkate will be charging its usual admission prices of $5 for adults and $3 for children who would like to skate. Prices include skate rental.

"We'll have five stations of just fun things to do for pretty little kids and families," Martin-Cate said.

"We're going to have a scavenger hunt all along Clat Adams. We're going to have a "Silly Winter Hat' contest and musical sleds. If it does snow, we'll have more things to do. If it doesn't, we'll still have plenty of things to."

For those who choose to ice skate on the synthetic ice used by RiverSkate, they'll do so with pirates and princesses -- part of the festival's draws. RiverSkate opened in November and is in its first season of operation.

In addition to the usual fare offered by the RiverSkate concession stand, two other vendors will set up for the festival. Bittersweet Confections and Krazy Cakes will offer sweets and hot drinks, Martin-Cate said.

Martin-Cate said the event will go on no matter what the weather is on Saturday.

"It's kind of like an open house set up," she said. "We expect people to come and go, especially if it's cold. Don't worry, you're not required to be there the whole three hours."

The event is being sponsored by Y101 and the Historic Quincy Business District.