WinterFest returns to Biddeford Feb. 4-6, and one of the big attractions is this massive sledding hill. Courtesy Photo

BIDDEFORD — Sledding down a big hill that exists only during this time of year and made especially for this purpose makes for some big fun during Biddeford’s WinterFest.

And if that were not enough to elicit smiles, laughter and pure joy, well, there is more. Organizers say this year’s WinterFest — billed as a cabin-fever busting weekend –  will offer a huge bicycle giveaway on Saturday, Feb. 5, pony rides, dance and musical performances, free pizza and multi- cultural cuisine, and a whole lot more.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 comedian Juston McKinney performs at City Theater.

On Sunday, Feb. 6, there’s skating at West Brook Skating Rink off Pool Street, where skating is free and there are skates free to use.

WinterFest begins Friday, Feb. 4 with a First Night Adult Sledding Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with advance tickets available online at:–maine/biddeford-sledding-winterfest/

For Heart of Biddeford Director Delilah Poupore, sledding is the ultimate WinterFest fun.


“The most exciting event of WinterFest is the wild ride on a sled in the middle of the downtown on a seriously awesome hill created by local construction companies that just care about kids,” said Poupore. “Beyond that, I’m most excited by the generosity and great energy of the many groups working together to create something fun for everyone. There aren’t many places you can go in the winter to enjoy snow sports and free delicious food (we’ll have Cultural Cuisine as well as a Pizza POLARpalooza). Then, there’s an art exhibit at Engine and Juston McKinney at City Theater.”

Poupore noted that Walmart has donated 30 new bikes to give away, there are performances this year from Dance House Productions and  there will be singing princesses to make you smile. And, she said, if people are concerned about the cold, people from New Life Church will be handing out mittens and hats made by members, to keep heads and hands warm.

Mayor Alan Casavant said WinterFest is good, outdoor, winter fun.

“What I love about WinterFest is the community building that it generates, and especially the laughter and smiling faces of the many kids and families who simply have some fun with each other,” he said.

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