Lyman Orchards Winterfest Approaches
Snow can be a ski resort’s best friend, give a kid the chance to try out that new sled, or just be nice to look as it sparkles under a full moon. But it can also throw a monkey wrench into the plans to hold an outdoor event, and that’s what happened last weekend when Lyman Orchards tried to hold their 39th annual Winterfest. This weekend is a different story, however, as the festivities are ready to roll at the 1,100 acre Middlefield, CT orchard.
The snow that had covered the grounds and parking area has been dealt with, and starting at 9 AM on Saturday morning with the Apple Barrel Breakfast in the Eatery the Middlefield location will resound with the sounds of laughter and merriment. There will be scads of things to do for the whole family, including free food sampling, breakfast in the Eatery, a fruit tree pruning demonstration, horse-drawn wagon rides courtesy of Foxglove Farm, a sled dog mushing demonstration provided by the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club, and lunch on the Outdoor Grill.
The highlight of the weekend, however, is the Ice Wars competition, where five professional ice carvers will battle the clock and each other by creating a circus-themed ice sculpture out of one block of ice in five hours. At the end of that time, festival attendees will vote for their favorite sculpture, and the winner will pocket a cool $500.
The fun begins both Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM, and more information on the scheduled events can be found at the Lyman Orchards Winterfest web site. Lyman Orchard is located at the intersection of Routes 147 and 157 in Middlefield.