SYRACUSE — Don’t forget about the Wawasee Winter Carnival this weekend with fun for the whole family both tonight and tomorrow, Jan. 25-26. Remember that the snowmobile drag races have been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, and the ice fishing derby has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 9.
Tonight the Wawasee Kiwanis will be hosting a soup supper from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Syracuse Community Center. It costs $6 per person to sample all the soups. Those competing need to have their five gallons of soup to the community center by 4:30 p.m.
Chautauqua-Wawasee has revived the Winter Carnival Dance following the soup supper at the Oakwood event center. Make sure to get your tickets and bring a mask to the masquerade ball.
You can still register for the Wawasee Winter Warm-Up 5K at the old Syracuse Elementary School between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Jan. 26. The race begins at 8 a.m. Snacks and hot chocolate will be available for participants following the race.
Breakfast will be served at the Syracuse Public Library from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday alongside the library’s book sale.
After breakfast the Oakwood event center will be home to a wide variety of winter festivities between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will have ice carving, a princess meet and greet, crafts, balloon animals and a hot cocoa bar. Outside on the ball field will be s’mores stations, sleigh rides and a sled dog demonstration at 1 p.m.
An increasingly popular event is the “Fire and Ice” polar plunge at Oakwood Park. Check in is at the beach at 11:30 a.m. Participants will dive into the icy, cold water at noon with all proceeds going to the Turkey Creek Fire Department.
A beard competition to benefit Chautauqua-Wawasee will also begin at 1 p.m. on the event center stage. Registration is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
The Pier and Back Porch will be having a chili and grilled cheese buffet and live entertainment until 4 p.m.
Keep up to date with events on Wawasee Winter Carnival Facebook page.