Waterbury Winterfest returns in person February 2-6 – Waterbury Roundabout
After a year reimagined as a choose-your-own activity, Waterbury Winterfest returns this week with five days of in-person outdoor events.
“We’re excited to bring back the in-person events,” says organization president Roger Clapp, “but of course we want to make sure we’re safe.”
Last week marked the second of three weeks of the virtual “Wanderlust Challenge 2022”. For the second year, Winterfest organizers challenged local residents to create their own outdoor and indoor entertainment in small groups of family members or friends to participate in something without getting gather, taking into account the ongoing pandemic.
Teams choose which activities to complete and document, then upload photos to show their progress and score points. There are weekly prizes and those who complete the most challenges will receive a grand prize on the fourth day of Winterfest next week.
A lead organizer, Brenda Cafornia-Weeber, was happy to report that Wanderlust had over 50 registered teams and over 300 entries: “The competitive spirit and creativity is wonderful!
While those who participate in the challenge still have a few days left to complete tasks like finding animal tracks, baking cookies and making snow angels, the first Winterfest event begins Wednesday night at Dac Rowe Park with the Starlight Ski and Snowshoe . The program continues through Sunday, February 6, with daily events at several downtown parks and the Horseshoe at the State Office Complex.
Now in its 11th year, the pre-pandemic Winterfest offered a mix of outdoor and indoor activities. This year, in addition to having all events outdoors, all attendees will be asked to sign a waiver and wear masks when they cannot social distance. The organizers also chose to schedule only five days of events instead of 10, as they had done in previous years. The program even includes a COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic for everyone ages 5 and up at Rusty Parker Park on February 5.
With safety protocols in place, attendees can look forward to days of winter sports, music and activities.