by Heidi L. Everett
The City of St. Joseph Parks and Recreation Department wants you to gear up for SnowFest fun Feb. 22-28.
SnowFest kicks off Monday, Feb. 22 with a Medallion Hunt. That’s Recreation Director John Anderson’s favorite part.
“It’s a lot of fun for me because I get to write the clues,” he said. “We’ll be putting a new clue up every day at 9 a.m. on the City of St. Joseph website and JoeTown website. We’re hoping by the time Sunday rolls around somebody will have found it.”
The finder of the medallion will receive gift certificates to several local businesses.
Saturday, Feb. 27 is time for a moonlight snowshoe walk, bonfire and s’mores at Millstream Park, starting at 6 p.m.
“We picked the dates because it is the full moon,” Anderson said. “but we are encouraging people to still bring flashlights and head lamps.”
The restrooms will be open at Millstream Park but not the shelter.
SnowFest winds down with sledding and skating at Memorial Park Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.
Hot chocolate will be served out of the warming house, and participants will be able to use the warming house but at a restricted capacity for COVID-safety.
The park and recreation board wanted to plan a winter event while being mindful of the pandemic, especially since most activities throughout 2020 were cancelled.
“During the planning process, we wanted to make sure these activities could be done socially distanced, so people would not be put at risk,” he said. “Snowshoeing, skating and sledding can easily be done from a distance, but we’re still encouraging mask wearing for safety.”
Anderson is also hoping it’s not below zero, as the first few weeks of February have been.
Get ready for SnowFest. The first medallion clue will be posted by 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.