SCARBOROUGH — A town tradition turns 25 next weekend when the Scarborough Winterfest returns on Saturday, Jan. 25.

On Wednesday, the festival was postponed a week by Scarborough Community Services because of “poor ice conditions and a lack of snow.”

The free festival begins at noon with a lighting of fire pits near the lower ice rink on Municipal Drive, and (weather permitting) climaxes with a 5 p.m. fireworks display.

Spread across high school athletic fields and nearby ice rinks, Winterfest will offer contests and games for families including speed, slalom and backwards skating, milk jug curling and an obstacle course at the lower ice rink near Wentworth Intermediate School.

Off the ice, families can participate in human dog-sled pulling, snow sling, and a snowshoe obstacle course. Children can take part in an ice cube hunt on the playground at Wentworth.

Seven of the competitions for families award points that determine the festival king, queen and royal family. Crowning ceremonies are at 5:20 p.m., following the fireworks.

Next to the lower ice rink, families and individuals can compete in a snow sculpting contest beginning at 12:30 p.m., with prizes for children, teenagers and families. Results will be announced at 4:45 p.m.

Non-competitive events and offerings include a visit with Frosty, open skating on the upper rink beginning at noon, wagon rides from 12:30-3:30 p.m., and a silent auction and raffles in a tent next to the lower rink. Auction items will be awarded at 4 p.m.

Concessions will be available throughout the festival, with free hot chocolate and popcorn provided by Biddeford Savings Bank from 1-2 p.m. next to the bonfire.

In case of bad weather, the makeup date for Winterfest is Sunday, Jan. 19.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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