BG warms up for annual Winterfest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:39
Runners at the start of last years Frostbite mile run. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
BG Winterfest is back in full force with its fifth annual winter-themed event.
This three-day festival will be held Friday through Sunday at various locations around the Bowling Green community, offering more than 30 events for community members of all ages to participate in.
Activities back by popular demand include the Red Cross Fire & Ice fundraiser, the Chili and Soup Cook Off, BG Parks and Rec Frost Bite Run and the Ice Garden, featuring an interactive photo area. Last year's ice castle was a popular attraction, and an ice sculpture will be included this year as well.
The Fire & Ice event from 7 to 11 Friday night at the Cla-Zel will feature the auction of a special glass art bowl hand-crafted by the Bowling Green State University Glass Art Department especially for the event.
Students Mitchell Noah and Mark Borsz used an Italian glass blowing technique - encalmo - to make the work. Encalmo means joining two or more different glass bubbles together to make a glass art piece.
New to Winterfest will be a Tri-State Skating Competition at the BGSU Ice Arena, OHSAA Wresting Tournament at the Stroh Center, a Heritage Corners event downtown, a downtown retail open house, and a BG Arts Council Sandwich Stroll featuring downtown restaurants.
The Bowling Green Bobcats Softball/BG 14U team will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday at the Bowling Green High School cafeteria from 8 to 11 a.m.  The cost is $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and under, while children under 4 are free.
Also that day, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation will hold Winterfest Snow Games from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for children 13 and under. Participants can drop in anytime, with check-in at the Scout Building. There will be outdoor and indoor events. For more information, call (419) 354-6223 or visit
BG Parks will additionally present the Fifth Annual Frostbite One Mile Fun Run at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the City Park. Awards will be given to overall male and female adult and youth categories, and all pre-registered participants will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. Cost is $25, or $12 with no shirt. To register, or for more information, visit www.bgohio,org or call (419) 354-6223.
The Bowling Green Bobcats Volleyball Team will host a spaghetti fest on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the BGSU Ice Area Lounge. The cost is $7 for spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and a beverage.
Shannon Orr with her daughter Bella Nardone, 4, at last year’s chili cookoff.
Also Sunday will be the BG Sandwich Stroll, sponsored by the Bowling Green Arts Council. The Sandwich Stroll will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket booklets, with full sandwich sample descriptions, are on sale and can be purchased for $10 at participating restaurants, including: Cafe Havana, Dave's Cosmic Subs, Kermit's, Panera Bread, Pisanello's Pizza, Pita Pit, and The Stone's Throw.  Each restaurant has chosen a specialty sandwich that will be featured. Sandwich strollers can fill out the back of each ticket before redeeming it for their sandwich; one winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice. Booklets may also be purchased at the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Association, or by emailing the Arts Council at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Numerous other events will be stationed around the city and the BGSU campus as well throughout the entire weekend.
Friday's events will include:
• City Park Outdoor Skating, from dawn to dusk.
• BGSU Stroh Center OHSAA Wrestling Tournament, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• BG Arts Council Exhibit, Myles Baker Street Gallery, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Red Cross Fire and Ice Fundraiser, Cla-Zel, 7 to 11 p.m. RSVP; $25 per person.
• BGSU Ice Arena Public Skate, 7 to 9 p.m.
Saturday's events will include:
• City Park Outdoor Skating, from dawn to dusk.
• BGSU Ice Arena Tri-State Skating Competition, all day.
• BGSU Stroh Center OHSAA Wrestling Tournament, all day.
• BGHS Girls Softball Pancake Breakfast, High School Cafeteria, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• Ice Garden at the Huntington Courtyard with carving demonstration, downtown, 9 a.m.
• Wood County District Public Library, Knitters' Meet-Up and Kids' Knit-In, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• BG Parks Frost Bite Run, City Park, 11 a.m.
• BG Parks Snow Games, City park, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
• Chili and Soup Cook Off, Veterans' Building at City park, 12 to 2 p.m.
• BG Teen Center Dodge Ball Tournament, Community Center, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Heritage Corner Ice Chalet with Toledo Dixieland Band, Serenity Spa, 3 to 5 p.m.
• Ice Garden at the Huntington Courtyard with carriage rides, downtown, 4 to 8 p.m.
• Downtown Open House Sparkle Night, participating downtown stores, 4 to 8 p.m.
• BGSU Ice Arena Public Skate, 7 to 9 p.m.
• Grounds For Thought Jazz Concert with Chicago Blues Legend Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang, downtown, 8 p.m.
Sunday's events will include:
• City Park Outdoor Skating, dawn to dusk.
• BGSU Stroh Center OHSAA Wrestling Tournament, all day.
• BG Arts Council Sandwich Stroll, participating downtown restaurants, 12 to 4 p.m.
• ACT BG and BG Parks Adult Corn Hole Tournament at Veterans' Building, 1 p.m.
• Shivers and Smores Scavenger Hunt at the Wintergarden Nature Preserve, 2 p.m.
• BGSU Ice Arena Public Skate, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
• BGHS Volleyball Spaghetti Fundraiser, BGSU Ice Arena Lounge, 4 to 6 p.m. Carry-out available.
For a complete schedule of all the Winterfest 2013 events, visit or

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