Schedule of Events:
11 a.m: Childrens' Water Carnival at the Indoor Aquatic Center
Bring the whole family to the annual Free children's Water Carnival, sponsored by the Lava Hot Springs Foundation. There will be games, prizes, and water fun. Events will be oriented towards a 12 and under crowd but all ages are welcome. Events include floating relays, wall climb races, diving contests, and a splash event. This event will be held indoors at the Olympic Swimming Complex, 195 N. Center.
Cost: Free for kids (17 and younger). $5 for adults.
2 p.m: Polar Float Parade on the Portneuf River
One of our zaniest events: the Polar Float Parade! For those who dare: jump into the bone chilling Portneuf River, on a float tube, dressed in your craziest costume! All for a chance to win prizes and maybe international fame! In the past, we have seen wonderfully creative costumes, from the Easter Bunny to Santa Claus, to the infamous band KISS floating down the Portneuf. Do you dare jump in with the rest?
Cost: $10 entry fee (includes tube rental). Register by 1:30 at Mountain Mayhem (156 E. Main) sign a waiver and pick up your tube (Note: you will need to bring your ID to rent the tube). Each year we have more and more brave contestants signing up, so get registered early. Entries accepted until we run out of tubes!
Location: Contestants enter the river at the Old Pancake House bridge (253 E. Portneuf Ave.) and float for 1/4 mile to the Community building. After the parade all Polar Float participants are invited to warm up in the hot pools at Lava Hot Springs Inn.
Prizes: Prizes awarded to the best Group Costume (4 or more people) and to Individuals. (Only those who pay entry fee are eligible for prizes.)
Remember, it isn’t a race, it’s a zany costume contest floating parade! No hurry, just fun!
3:30 - 5:00 p.m: Chili Tasting at the Lava Community Building
Bring your taste buds to the Lava Community Building (150 N. Center) to try some hot chili samples made by locals, as well as imports. For those entering chili, there will be a chance to earn prizes. Contestants should have their entries to the Lava Community Building by 2:00 p.m.
Taste sampling begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. or when the chili runs out.
Cost: $5 for adults; Children ages 11 and under are $3. Taste several hot chili samples and vote on your favorites! For those who enter chili, admission is free. (Contestants should bring entries in no later than 2:00 p.m.)
Prizes For Contestants: For those entering Chili (5 quarts recommended), there will be a chance to earn cash prizes: $100 for 1st place; $50 for 2nd; $25 for 3rd. Contestants must bring Chili entries in no later than 2:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m: Bingo at the Lava Community Center
Cost: The Bingo package costs $13.00 and includes 15 regular bingo games, and special games cost $2.00 per game. Total cost for all the games is $21.00. Chili will be served during Saturday night bingo, the cost per bowl will be $2.50.
The Community Center is at 150 N. Center Street (west entrance to town).
Dusk and then at 7:00 - 8:00 p.m: Fire Performers and The Torch Light Parade on Main Street
At dusk Saturday evening (and weather permitting), there will be fire in the sky. Watch local daredevils ski down the “L" mountains with lit torches. This is amazing to watch.
Fire performers from Lava Flow Fire will entertain your family through dance, acrobatics and music as they manipulate flaming objects. This will be great free entertainment for the whole family so bring the kids and enjoy the show! The show will be performed at the Chuckwagon Garden (on Main Street, across from the Chuckwagon Restaurant).
8:00 p.m: Casino Night at the Community Center
Back to the Community Center for a fun night, Vegas style! We'll play Twenty-one and Texas Hold 'Em for a chance at bragging rights and a Fire & Ice Sweatshirt. All ages are invited.
Cost: $15 at the door buys your set and puts your name in the drawing for some fantastic Raffle Prizes!
King and Queen of Winterfest 2018 - Saturday, 10 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Bar; again at 12 a.m. at the Blue Moon Bar.
Two King & Queen Winterfest Competitons - if you win one, can you win the other? Grand prize awarded in the event the same King and/or Queen Winterfest are chosen in both competitions! Join us for this zany moment-of-fame contest x2!
Prizes: Fire and Ice Winterfest sweatshirts.
Sweet! Pre-Register by January 31st and save $10. For only $50 you get admission to the Wine Tasting, Comedy Night, Casino Night, and Running of the Bulls races, plus admission to the Chili Tasting as well as a Free Penguin to drop in the river for the prize race!
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