At the beginning of February, the newness of the year seems to melt away as people turn their calendars from January and become increasingly lethargic due to the monotonous winter season.
Photo by Sarah Squires
Brave jumpers hit the winter waters during the Goose Bump Jump in 2009.
“It’s been a long winter,” said Pam Pfister, recreation coordinator for Winona Park and Recreation. “The Winona Winter Carnival is a great way to get out and about.”
The Winona Winter Carnival will be held February 7-8 at various locations throughout the community, with activities such as the Winona Area Basketball Organization’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a mountain bike race, ice fishing, snowshoeing, the Winona Masons’ Sweetheart Dance, the Ready Set School Chili Cook-off, as well as the Goose Bump Jump and SMU Plunge, which involve jumping into freezing water in Lake Winona. All raise funds for local nonprofits and charities.
“The carnival is a collection of events taking place throughout the city that all benefit different organizations,” Pfister explained. “It’s a good excuse to get out and do something within the community. It is a great way to refocus and re-energize.”
Registration for the various events is taking place now and will also be available the day of the event. Please head to winonawintercarnival.com for a full listing of activities.