Winterfest schedule of events


When: Saturday, Feb. 1

Where: Village of North Bennington

All day:

* Ice sculpture contest (beginning Friday afternoon) at North Bennington Train Station.

* Fire pit chili and Sugar on Snow and build your own hot chocolate bar at North Bennington Train Station.

* Dion Snowshoe demos by Nature's Closet

8:30 a.m. -- Registration for Penguin Plunge at Lake Paran Boat Launch; Penguin Plunge teams check in. Note: The Penguin Plunge benefits the Vermont Special Olympics, so form a team and register at

9:30 a.m. -- Hot chocolate served by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce

10 a.m. -- Children's story and activity by McCullough Library

10:30 a.m. -- Zumba warm up with Andrea Malinowski at the Plunge site

11 a.m. -- Penguin Plunge

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Wagon rides to help you get to all the venues throughout the village, by donation

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- After Plunge Party and Chili Feast at Vermont Arts Exchange on Sage Street. $1 donation at the door. Live acoustic rock with the "Buzz Saw Boys"; More than 20 kinds of chili will be served by the NorShaft Lions; Cash bar; Massage for You by Laura Bull; Art activities.

3 p.m. -- Judging for the Ice Sculpture Contest

Noon to 4 p.m. -- Indoor Winter Carnival at Village School of North Bennington. Bouncy house; face painting; carnival games; cotton candy.

3:30 p.m. -- Winter Pet Fashion Show at Whitman's Feed Store

6 to 11 p.m. -- After Dark Dance Party at the American Legion in Bennington. Live band; DJ and karaoke.

Other events: Lunch and hot toddy specials at Kevin's; Chili Dog Special at North Bennington Variety; Snowflake Making and Drawing at Powers Market; Dog Sled Rides, weather permitting; Sleds for sledding at Lion's Park, weather permitting.

Pick up a Winterfest walkable map of the village at any festival location.

For more information, visit or call the chamber at 802-447-3311.


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