A national online magazine/blog has given Bend’s WinterFest a nod as one of the Top 10 winter festival destinations for road tripping families.
Road Trip For Families published a piece this week identifying WinterFest among the nation’s must-see winter celebrations alongside such well known festivals as St. Paul Minnesota’s massive Winter Carnival and Steamboat, Colorado’s less massive, but much lauded, Winter Carnival. (You’ve probably seen pictures from the event, which features a “skijoring” competition wherein “skiers” are pulled through a snow-covered downtown race course by a cowboy on a horse)
WinterFest isn’t exactly a secret around Central Oregon where locals have watched the festival grow from a small downtown get-together to a bonafide winter carnival atmosphere complete with national music acts and a multi-story rail jam complex that acts as the visual centerpiece of the festival. The event, which is produced by the Source’s sister business, Lay It Out Events, is scheduled this year for Feb. 17-20. This year’s event is sponsored by On Point Credit Union and Mt. Bachelor.
Other winter festivals singled out for praise by roadtripsforfamilies.com, included the Eagle Days in St. Louis Missouri and the awesomely named Polar Bear Jump Off and Ugly Fish Tacos in Seward, Alaska.