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Winterfest blows into Camden starting Feb. 1

Jan 24, 2020
Photo by: Peter Fitzgerald Golden Retriever Angus meets a Winterfest ice sculpture. The week-long event starts Feb. 1.

Camden — The week-long celebration of Winterfest in Camden combines a doggie winter wear fashion show, ice sculpting, a plunge into water that’s 37 degrees Fahrenheit, free films, music and a wild ride down a 400-foot toboggan chute. This year’s festivities will run from Saturday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 9.

It all kicks off on Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Camden Public Library and neighboring Harbor Park, where visitors will be able to watch teams of amateur ice sculptors transform 300-pound blocks of ice into artistic masterpieces.

At noon, community members are invited to bring their dogs to walk the catwalk in the first ever “Dog Days of Winter Doggie Fashion Show.” There will be a dog toy giveaway for the first 60 doggie models, donated by The Maine Dog. Participants will receive a ticket for a free raffle for a goody basket donated by Loyal Biscuit Company and a tote bag full of gourmet dog food donated by Fromm Family Foods. Kids can meet Petey, the costumed dog mascot from the Camden animal adoption center (P.A.W.S.) and warm up inside the library with an array of craft activities and face painting. At 2 p.m., the bravest and hardiest can take a plunge into the picturesque (and frigid) waters of Camden Harbor.

There will be a free family film screening of the animated film "Balto" Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. Another classic winter film, "Ice Age," will be shown free of charge Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St. The opera house also hosts the Winterfest concert by Rustic Overtones — with opening local act Drive By Todd — Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day-of-show. All proceeds from food sales benefit the Camden Amphitheatre and Harbor Park.

The Camden Snow Plow Parade rides through town along Elm and Main Streets Friday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. Participate for free, visit to register.

The week culminates with the U.S. National Toboggan Championships beginning on Friday, Feb. 7, and running through Sunday, Feb. 9. Visit for full details on the Toboggan Nationals.


Pictured are ice carvers from the Camden Public Library. This year's Winterfest event starts Feb. 1.
Participants take a polar plunge into Camden harbor. (Photo by: Quinn Brown)
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