Warren County Winterfest is the largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Held at Chapman State Park in late January of each year, our event features a variety of Winter outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.
On Friday, Winterfest kicks off on Friday morning with the mid-distance sled dog race, part of the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races at Chapman State Park. The Ã¢??Meet the MusherÃ¢?Â supper will be held Friday afternoon at nearby Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club.
On Saturday morning, Chapman State Park begins a long slate of family-fun events, starting with Lobdell sled dog races, ice fishing and skiing. There will be a whole host of events, vendors and refreshments under the Big Tent. The Canine Weight Pull starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. National-champion weight pulling dogs compete between Pavilion #1 and Pavilion #2. The Sled Riding Hill will see the return of the Sled Racing Competition and the Cardboard Box Derby, managed by Warren Y.M.C.A.
Tobaggan Races will return to the Sled Riding Hill on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., there will be the first-ever Outhouse Races at the base of the Sled Riding Hill.
The Patrick Shine Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. Plungers register prior to the event, each donating to benefit the Salvation ArmyÃ¢??s Warren citadel.
The Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Loop passes through Chapman State Park. Snowmobilers riding the four-county Loop are welcome to stop at the park and enjoy Winterfest. Snowmobile dealers will return to this yearÃ¢??s event with a display and demo rides right on the trail.
In 2012, the Park opened an all-new dedicated Ice Skating Rink. The rink is behind the Environmental Learning Center (Old Park Office) as you enter the Park. Ice Skates will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at 1:00 p.m., the Warren Champions on Ice will give a figure skating presentation. A Ã¢??Learn to SkateÃ¢?Â program will be presented in morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday. See our Schedule page for details.
There will be a Geocaching Seminar in the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and Kinzua Caches will hold a Geomeet /Geocaching Game in Yurt #1 in the Park Campground from 10:00 to 2:30 p.m.
If you have questions on the events or you want to find a place to stay overnight, please call either the Chapman State Park office of the Warren County Visitors Bureau. Once you arrive at the Park for Winterfest, you can ask the Fire Police for instructions or visit the information booth at the Big Tent.
See you at Winterfest!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
January 18 - 20, 2013
Chapman State Park
4790 Chapman Dam Road
Clarendon, PA 16313
(814) 723 - 0250