BIDDEFORD — Over the weekend, cars and vehicular traffic were blocked off from Adams Street, and it was transformed into a giant sledding hill during WinterFest.

It was quite a sight. People gathered on the sidelines to watch the young, and the young at heart, as they sledded down Saturday morning.

Seven-year-old Keyarrah McCurry held her hands up in the air as she slowed to a stop.

“I love it,” said her grandmother, Robin McCurry. “She’s having a blast.”

Three-year-old Benjamin Hartford rode down with his father, Don Hartford.

“I want to go again,” he said.

If they got too cold, sledders and spectators alike could thaw out in an igloo-shaped warming tent, or purchase a hot coffee or cocoa from one of the venders set up at City Square.

WinterFest, a collaboration of the city and local community groups, offered a host of other activities.

Four-year-old Davelean Martinez tried her hand at Sno-Ball, a Skee ball-like game, and then headed over to throw darts at balloons.

Other young people tried their hand at a life-size “Angry Birds,” game, using a slingshot or a PVC pipe, air-powered cannon to launch plush toy versions of the birds from the video game.

WinterFest kicked off Friday with a snowboarding competition, and continued on through Sunday. Other events included a movie screening at McArthur Public Library, a comedy show at City Theater and skating at West Brook skating rink.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]



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