Noon-8 p.m. Dec. 8
Winterfest will take place rain or shine so be prepared
“Winterfest is Colfax's way of starting and sharing the Christmas season; from the street vendors, with their Christmas fare, to our merchants showcasing their wares,” said Frank Klein, Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce president. “The holiday spirit comes alive with barrel bonfires, our churches caroling, our Friends of the Library with Santa Claus, Christmas lights lighting-up Downtown, and the toppers are the Colfax Lions Light Parade, and the fireworks.”
And there are many more opportunities for families and friends to experience this Saturday at Winterfest, such as learning about Colfax’s history of trains, gold panning and art.
“Similar to last year, we will have vendors on both sides of the tracks; Santa’s Village will be located in the Old Train Depot,” Andrews said. “The Colfax Lions Club will be putting on another amazing light parade and then we will close the event with our Winterfest fireworks display.”
This year they will have longer hours, more vendors, better planning to make it a better festival, said Rachel Christian, Colfax Area Heritage Museum director.
Klein added that there are lots of things children of all ages should see, not only along Main Street, but over by the Historic Train Depot and, of course, staking out a good vantage point for the Light Parade.
The chamber is anticipating anywhere between 3,000 to 4,000 people. They also suggest that attendees should plan to stay for a while, if not all day, said Amy Andrews, Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.
“Since this is an outdoor event, the weather plays a major role in the amount of attendees,” Andrews said. “The weather was perfect last year, and we are hoping for the same this year.”
Weather reports forecast a high of 55 on Saturday and a low at 36, chilly temperatures, but no rain.
Therefore, visitors should plan to dress warmly as well as wear comfortable shoes since there is much walking. Bringing a chair is a good idea to watch the parade and fireworks, Christian suggested.
“Check the weather but usually warm coats that will keep you dry, gloves, fur lined hats,” Klein said. Klein explained that parking in their small town can be interesting, usually they have handicapped parking at U.S. Bank. The residents of Colfax are aware of the parking situations so parking along city streets is usually accepted.
“Enjoy the small-town family atmosphere with a fun filled holiday event,” said Tim Ryan, Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce secretary.