Rutlanders celebrate winter fun

RUTLAND - Despite frigid temperatures and overcast, the Sun made a brief appearance to warm attendees of Rutland's Seventh Annual Winterfest.

On Feb. 6, the Giorgetti Athletic Complex was the scene of this year's Winterfest celebration.

Organized by the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition and the Rutland Area Recreation and Parks Department, the event hosted a number of free activities including sledding, a snow maze, a story walk, snow carving, marshmallow toasting, an obstacle course, snowshoeing, and snow-shelter building. Local vendors set up tables and provided free food and hot drinks.

More than 250 adults and young people attended the event. Organizers expected to break last year's Winterfest attendance records thanks to sunshine and new activities.

The event wouldn't be possible without all of the wonderful volunteers and the sponsors including Rutland Recreation Department, Rutland Area Physical Activity Outdoors Trading Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center, Hands on Minds On, Hathaway Farm, Mentor Connection, Rutland Kiwanis, Marble Valley Runner, Caf Terra, Back Home Caf , the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County, and WJJR.

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