January 22, 2014
The first week in February is shaping up to be a fun one, as the town prepares for its first weeklong Winterfest Celebration, kicking off the weekend of Feb. 1-2 and leading up to three days of toboggan racing during the 24th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships on Feb. 7-9.
Always a fun event, Winterfest is Camden’s annual celebration of winter and community — a time for neighbors and visitors to come together to enjoy the winter season and an afternoon full of food, music, arts and crafts, and the centerpiece community ice sculpting event in the Camden Public Library Amphitheatre. In addition to ice sculpting, Winterfest will offer family sledding, music outdoors and indoors, hot food outdoors, and kid crafts and face painting indoors.
Usually a one-day event, this year’s program promises even more fun and excitement by being expanded into a weeklong community festival which will also include the inaugural CamJam World Championships and giant, professionally crafted snow sculptures decorating the town’s Village Green, the library’s lawn, the Amphitheatre, and the Camden Snow Bowl.
The CamJam World Championships will start with practice sessions and demonstrations of trick skiing and snowboarding in Harbor Park on Feb. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. The preliminary rail jam competition will begin at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2, and the CamJam finals will be held at the Snow Bowl on Feb. 7.
A “rail jam” is typically a snowboarding contest where riders perform tricks on rails, boxes, pipes, wall rides, and several other creative features. Scoring is done in the “jam” format, where every rider can take as many runs as time allows. CamJam rail jam elements will be open to all skiers and snowboarders.
The Snow Bowl is planning on providing a mini-mountain of snow in the Amphitheatre for family winter fun such as sledding and building snowmen. With or without natural snow, families are encouraged to come and play and enjoy Camden’s downtown public parks.
The 24th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships will finish out the week on Feb. 7-9 at the Camden Snow Bowl. The U.S. National Toboggan Championships is the only organized wooden toboggan race in the country, drawing toboggan enthusiasts from around the world for a weekend of friendly competition, food (including a Chili Challenge), and even a costume parade and contest. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the festivities, and it is definitely an experience unlike anything else!
Camden is getting ready to embrace, and we invite you to come and experience the fun, art, refreshments and outdoor thrills for yourself!
For more information on the 2014 Winterfest Celebration, visit librarycamden.org.