Newport Winter Festival
The Winter Festival is a nostalgic visit from the past. We use the weekend to celebrate timeless Vermont traditions like snowmobiling, ice skating, broomball, and bonfires. Nothing chases the frostbite blues away like heartwarming time spent with family and friends. Whether you're participating in a tournament or simply watching, you're going to love this winter wonderland weekend.
Guy Fortin Broomball Tournament
With broomball skills, smooth line changes and athletic ability optional, this casual tournament has become a favorite Winter Festival activity for residents and visitors alike. No skates or skills required, the emphasis is placed on camraderie and old fashioned winter fun. Players can recruit family members, colleagues and neighbors to assemble a team and put for an effort to win the coveted championship t-shirts and bragging rights. Cost is $10 per person to support Winter Festival fireworks. Sign-up with a full team of 6-10 or sign-up individually as a "free agent," (we'll put you on a team). Registration is due by January 28th.
Download Broomball Registration Form | Broomball Rules
Fire & Ice Radar Runs
2019 Radar Runs have been moved to February 16 due to ice conditions.
The roar of high-speed engines resonates from Lake Memphremagog during the radar runs outside the Eastside Restaurant during Winter Festival. This one day competition showcases local riders competing for speed down a thousand foot track on the lake. With categories for all ages, some of the fastest sleds have traveled over 130 miles per hour. Winners from a variety of age divisions take home trophies and celebrate with an after-race banquet at 4PM inside the restaurant. Registration at 9AM, runs begin at 11AM. For more information, contact Ken Wells at 802-673-7151 or 802-334-2340.
Family Events & Fireworks at Gardner Park
As the tournaments and the day's festivities wind down, families are invited to gather at the park at 5:00PM for the Winter Festival finale. Finish the evening with free ice skating, bonfire, and a spectacular fireworks display over the bay on Lake Memphremagog at 7PM. Don't miss the hysterical Hoagie's pizza eating contest and Chuck-a-Puck 50/50 fundraiser ($5 each) to benefit the Gardner Park Playground and Splashpad Project. Admission to the park is free, but donations are appreciated to support the event.
Age: All Ages
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Location: Gardner Memorial Park
Admit/Rate: Donations support the event
WINTER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
5:00PM Family Activities Begin at Gardner Park
Free Ice Skating
Winter Festival Bonfire
Guy Fortin Broomball Championship Game
6:30PM Hoagies Pizza Eating Contest
6:45 PM Chuck-A-Puck Contest to support the Gardner Park Playground & Splash Pad Project
7:00PM Winter Festival Fireworks
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:
Stephen & Amy Campbell