Expect plenty of activities at the 2015 Winterfest, Jan. 30-31, which will occur alongside the annual Wawasee Kiwanis Soup Supper and Snowmobile Drags. This year’s event will also be split between three venues: Syracuse Community Center, Harold Schrock Athletic Complex and Oakwood Resort.
Winterfest starts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, for the sixth annual soup supper at the Syracuse Community Center. Admission to this event is $6 with diners being able to try any or all of the soup entries. Once entries have been sampled, diners will be able to vote for their favorite soup. Soup entries will be awarded prizes based on the following categories: local restaurants; local businesses; local individual; and overall winner.
Those wishing to enter their soup need to supply 3-4 gallons of their best soup by 3 p.m. Jan. 30 to the community center. Entry forms can be found online at www.wawaseekiwanis.org.
Then starting the day Saturday is the 5K Fun Run at Harold Schrock Athletic Complex. Registration for this event begins are 8 a.m. with the run following at 9 a.m.
Registration for the Wawasee Kiwanis Snowmobile Drags is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Syracuse Lakeside Park, 1013 N. Long Drive. Registration cost is $15 per class with kitty kat races being free. Races then begin at 11 a.m. with winners being awarded in each class. There will also be radar runs and kitty kat races at 10 a.m. Lunch will also be available on site at the drags.
There is no backup date for the snowmobile drags. Check the Wawasee Kiwanis website for race updates, ice conditions and activities. Proceeds from both the soup supper and the snowmobile drags go toward Wawasee Kiwanis community projects and Riley Children’s Hospital.
Oakwood Resort will be hosting several events Saturday, too. There will be ice sculpting demos, an Iditarod presentation and children craft activities, all from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Then, register for Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge at 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per person or $100 per team with proceeds benefiting the Wawasee Boomerang Backpack Program.
Would-be plunge participants can pick up registration forms from Oakwood Resort, Syracuse Community Center or the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce office. The plunge will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Finally, Oakwood Resort will have live entertainment with Swick and Jones performing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be a middle school party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with games, music and dancing. Admission to the party is $5.
Those wanting to skate Saturday should head to the athletic complex for open ice skating. The rink will be available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For information, contact the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce at (574) 457-5637 or the Syracuse Parks Department at (574) 457-5637.