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Family Day WinterFest on February 18, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019
On the Holiday Monday, Family Day, February 18, 2019, Family Day WinterFest South Huron returns


Free family snowshoeing event cancelled

The free family snowshoeing event, which had been scheduled for Family Day WinterFest South Huron, has been cancelled in 2019 as there is not enough snow and too much ice at the snowshoeing location. However, there are lots of other indoor and outdoor activities as part of Family Day WinterFest South Huron.

Family Day WinterFest South Huron 2019 is almost here
Community partners, sponsors join to host popular Family Day WinterFest South Huron on Family Day Holiday Monday on February 18

A Family Day winter festival, that draws thousands of people to the South Huron area, is only weeks away. Family Day WinterFest South Huron has been providing entertaining winter activities for almost a decade. The event takes place on the Family Day Holiday Monday on February 18, 2019. Event Co-Chair Dave Frayne calls the festival “a great community event” and Co-Chair Jeff Musser says you should “mark your calendars” for this family-friendly winter festival.

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More than 20 community groups join to organize this winter event with the support of local donors, businesses, and local organizations. Some events take place at South Huron Recreation Centre and some events are at MacNaughton Park as well as other Exeter and area locations. Most events are free. There are events for all ages and chances for people to try out new things – even if they have never tried them before. Some events depend on snow but there are indoor events as well and “snow or no snow, WinterFest is a go!” (In the case of extreme weather, people are encouraged to visit and and for any notices or cancellations).

The Exeter Lions Club held its first Family Day Breakfast in 2010. That breakfast has become a popular annual tradition since then. Other community groups joined forces with the Lions Club starting in 2011 to add other family-friendly activities for the holiday Family Monday. The success of the one-day winter festival has continued to “snowball” ever since.

“This event is an example of what the people and groups in South Huron are able to accomplish by working together,” said WinterFest Co-Chair Dave Frayne. 

Family Day WinterFest has full schedule of events

There are at least 15 events scheduled for the 2019 Family Day WinterFest South Huron on the Family Day Holiday Monday on February 18.

The anchor event is the Family Breakfast, at South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter, hosted by Exeter Lions Club. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The price is $10 for an adult or $5 for a youth. 

Exeter Lioness Club hosts face painting at South Huron Recreation Centre from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It is free.

New this year is the Classic Snowmobile Show displaying antique snowmobiles at South Huron Recreation Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event is free and there are prizes for the People’s Choice Award. Contact Dave Frayne at 519-235-1409 if you would like to display your classic snowmobile.

There is a free family skate and other free activities at South Huron Recreation Centre from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. courtesy of Exeter Lions Club.

Horse-drawn wagon rides through the fields and forest (or, sleigh rides if there is enough snow) take place at 41168 Thames Road East, about five miles east of Exeter, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. This is sponsored by Exeter Lioness Club and Miller’s Country Store, 137 Thames Road East. There is free hot chocolate and coffee. Stay posted to the Municipality of South Huron website for updates.

SNOWSHOEING CANCELLED: Friends of the South Huron Trail volunteers host a free family snowshoeing event, sponsored by Ausable Bayfield Conservation, at South Huron Recreation Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the agricultural building, at the rear of Recreation Centre. THE 2019 SNOWSHOEING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW AND TOO MUCH ICE FOR SNOWSHOEING AT THE LOCATION FOR THAT EVENT.

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 167 is bringing back free Instructional Darts – Learn from a Pro, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. downstairs at the Legion, 316 William Street, Exeter. (The Legion is elevator-equipped.) Telephone 519-614-0630 to learn more. The Legion Branch is also hosting free billiards from 12 p.m. (noon) to 3 p.m. and invites you to “come shoot some pool!” There are snacks for a modest fee.

There is a free family skate and other free activities at Stephen Arena, Huron Park, from 12 p.m. noon to 2 p.m. and free healthy snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by Rural Response for Healthy Children. Contact Jill Robertson at 1-800-479-0716, extension 206, to learn more.

The Exeter Senior 55+ Picklers invite you to try the growing sport of Pickle Ball at South Huron Recreation Centre from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. It is free.

Another free event is indoor archery from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Huron Recreation Centre. Contact Jason Miller at 226-234-6236 to learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron and South Huron Optimist Club are bringing back the popular (and free!) big-screen, G-rated movie (this year's movie: 'inside Out') from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Exeter Elementary School. Adults and children are asked to bring indoor footwear and, if they want, a blanket. There is pop and popcorn for a modest fee.

There are all-day, free giant snow hills (weather permitting) at MacNaughton Park on Mount MacNaughton, sponsored by Municipality of South Huron – Roads Department.

You are also invited throughout the day to do your own self-guided trail walk (or snowshoe), depending on weather conditions, at MacNaughton Park and the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail.

The full day of activities ends with excitement as (weather permitting) fireworks take place at 7 p.m. at MacNaughton Park, Exeter. The event is free. Fireworks sponsors are Exeter Lions Club, Northlander Industries, Hensall Co-Op, Hay Communications, Jack Glavin, and Exeter Firefighters’ Association.

You are invited to visit for updates and changes.

The community partners wish you a “Happy Family Day!”

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