The Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival, taking place February 16 – 18, 2018 at Lakeside Park in Mayville NY is right around the corner.  Many events and activities will fill this festival weekend, insuring a fun time for all.  Opening ceremonies in front of the ice castle will take place on Friday, Feb. 16th beginning at 6 p.m.  Hours of the festival at the Lakeside Park are 10 a.m. – after the 8 p.m. fireworks on Saturday, Feb. 17th and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18th.  The ice castle construction crew are hard at work creating a beautiful ice structure that is a special highlight of this annual winter festival.  Of special note this year, parking at the festival on Sunday, Feb. 18th will be free.  There will a parking fee requested on Saturday, Feb. 17th, however.  Non-profit groups will man the parking lots on that Saturday to help raise funds for their organizations, as well as raising funds that will go back into the festival next year.  These organizations very much appreciate your support.

Some of the events with specific times at the festival on Saturday, Feb. 17th, are the Polar Plunge at 2 p.m., the chili cookoff from 2 – 4 p.m. in the tent (chili needs to be dropped off by 1:30 p.m.), the pet parade at 4 p.m. (meet outside the Community Center), Cold Water Rescue Demo by Dewittville Fire Dept. at 1:30 p.m. just before the Polar Plunge, bonfire at 6:30 p.m., flare parade (weather permitting) at 7 p.m., fireworks at 8 p.m, as well as two contests (Snowball Distance Throwing at 3 p.m. and Lego Building Contest held throughout the weekend).  On Sunday, Feb. 18th two more contests will be held –
The golfball race at 1:30 p.m. (meet at the chamber table in the Community Center) and the Snowman/Animal Building Contest held throughout the day on Sunday, with judging taking place at
2:30 p.m.  Those making a snow creation for the contest should bring their own accessories, with judging based on creativity.

A few more community events have come on board for this year’s event. ‘Warm Up With Art’, will be taking place at two locations on both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival weekend – Two Lakes Studios at 38 S. Erie St., uptown Mayville and Portage Gallery located on Rt. 394 2.5 miles north of the uptown Mayville four corners.  Two Lakes will feature an Artisan Market, warm up by their fire, have some hot chocolate, and shop regional artists.  Portage Gallery will feature a new block print and have a drawing for one of the prints, as well as past prints being on sale.  Hours for this event is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Portage Gallery will also serve hot fudge sundae tastings and hot mulled cider from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18th.   So-Ly Yours Fitness & Coaching, 32 S. Erie St. uptown Mayville will also offer free classes on Saturday, Feb. 17th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Just walk on in and join the fun!

Don’t forget to get your Scavenger Hunt entry forms on the Chamber web site at, email the Chamber office at, or calling the Chamber office at (716) 753-3113.  Northwest Bank is sponsoring the Scavenger Hunt with cash prizes.  Participants will be entered to win cash prizes in a drawing of all correctly completed entries received.  Details of this event are in the Scavenger Hunt entry forms.

We would like to thank our festival sponsors:  Major sponsors The Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, Douglas Crane Service LLC, Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, Village of Mayville, Northwest Bank, Jeff Lang Enterprises; Platinum sponsors 3 Seas Recreation, Lictus Oil and Propane, Uncle Jack’s Saw Shop, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, M & T Bank, Smith Boys of Chautauqua Lake, Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant/The Cottage Collection; Gold sponsors Digitell Inc., Jamestown Awning, Webb’s Resort/Webb’s Candies, Andriaccio’s Restaurant; and Silver sponsors Chautauqua Abstract Company, Portage Hill Gallery, “A” Automotive, Johnson’s Village Pharmacy, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Ezra Weise, Andriaccio’s Restaurant, Irwin Bay Cottages, Hogan’s Hut, Empire Energy E&P, Mayville Auto Supply & Parts, Chautauqua Area Real Estate, Chautauqua Ironworks, North Shore Specialties Refinishing, Raymond Downey, and Guppy’s Tavern.  We would also like to thank Chautauqua’s Gateway Graphics in Mayville for again updating the festival banner and for printing our festival posters this year and U S Steam Lines/Chautauqua Belle for their sponsorship as well.  Thank you to all of our sponsors for your patronage of this long-held winter festival.  Join us Festival Weekend for winter fun for the whole family!  Go to our Chamber web site at or the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival Facebook page for a copy of the Festival Schedule of Events.  You can also email to or call the Chamber Office at (716) 753-3113.

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