Bavarian Ice Fest designed for those who enjoy winter

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A spectacular aerial fireworks display high above Front Street Park in downtown Leavenworth is just one of the draws that annually attract thousands of people to that community's Bavarian Ice Fest.

LEAVENWORTH - Dancing on the heels of Christmas, the village of Leavenworth continues the celebration of winter with the Bavarian Ice Fest, scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 19-20, 2013.

An annual play day hosted by the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce is full of activities and events for all ages. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the magical wonderland of downtown Leavenworth dressed in lights, with winter fun, games and fireworks.

Jeff Renner from King 5 News will again emcee this weekend grab bag of invigorating outdoor events. The activities will include snow sculptures, tug 'o war contests, an ice cube scramble for kids six and under, the great Frisbee sweep, and Leavenworth's famous Smooshing Contest, a unique race peculiar to the Great Bavarian Ice Fest.

The Smooshing Contest is held on Front Street with teams of four having their toes strapped to 10-foot long boards trying to maneuver and glide down the street tandem style. The best thing about Ice Fest, visitors can cheer from the sidelines or jump right in and compete for prizes.

During the weekend visitors can also enjoy the Northwest Dog Sled Pulling Competition, a sanctioned event of the International Weight Pull Association. The association is a non-profit corporation that promotes the sport of dog pulling and the working heritage of all dogs. The association also promotes a program to keep dogs in good physical condition with a constructive outlet for canine competition.

The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is scheduled, too, to present the return of the Chili Cook Off sponsored by KOHO Radio on Saturday, Jan. 19. Local chefs will compete for the bragging rights of Leavenworth's best chili!

Sunday evening, Jan. 20, visitors to the Bavarian village will be treated to musical entertainment in the downtown gazebo while Steven's Pass brings the mountain downtown! The crew at the Steven's Pass Phlight Terrain Park will be throwing down on a newly constructed rail feature, reaching deep into their bag of tricks to bring the progression of the Top Phlight Terrain Park to the streets of Leavenworth.

Leavenworth's chamber of commerce also invites people to join them at the Front Street Park with a fabulous aerial fireworks display over downtown Leavenworth, accompanied by a supreme display of snowboarding skills.

Also on tap for the weekend are other winter activities, such as sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing and snowmobiling.

For more information, call 509-548-5807, or visit the website: www.leavenworth.org.

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