Winter Snocial in Denison

Shani Bonner, Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County administrative assistant, demonstrates the proper use of one of the plush snowballs that will be available for snowball fights at the Winter Snowcial on Saturday. Photo by Dan Mundt

“Whether we have enough snow or not, we will have snowball fights,” said Evan Blakley, Chamber & Development Council (CDC) of Crawford County executive director.

The snowball fights will take place during Saturday’s “Winter Snowcial” in Denison.

The snowballs, however, will not be made of snow.

The CDC has purchased several bins of plush snowballs that will be provided to attendees.

“The plan is to set up some pallets upright that people can hide behind,” Blakley said. “There will be snowballs all over the place.”

The Winter Snowcial will take place on Center Street, which is the short street on the north side of Crawford County Bank.

The snowball fights will be open to anyone.

Adult tricycles and ski walking will be worked into races during the event, with prizes available for the winners.

Ladderball, giant Jenga and bag toss are among the other activities that will be set up for the event.

A variety of craft vendors will be in the Broadway and Main Mall and Linda Lou’s Boutique will be open.

A holiday artisan craft fair will take place at the Stables at Copper Ridge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For the Winter Snowcial, a beverage garden will be set up on Center Street, along with three wood-burning fire pits and a variety of seating.

“Mike Fink has donated all of our firewood,” Blakley said. “We’ll have loads and loads of firewood.”

Five propane heaters, sponsored by Western Iowa Networks, will bring added warmth to the Center Street area.

Tres Baristas Coffee will have a station by the beverage garden and will serve cider, coffee drinks and hot chocolate.

“We will be able to spike those drinks with a cinnamon liqueur or Bailey’s Irish Cream,” Blakley said.

Spiced wine, red and white wines and at least two Iowa craft beer varieties and Bud Light will be available at the beverage garden.

Marshmallows and skewers will be for sale at the beverage garden. The first 50 children to stop by will get free marshmallows, which are sponsored by Denison Realty.

Hog Stop BBQ, from Council Bluffs, will be set up at the event and will provide a variety of menu items and kids’ meals.

“The warmer place to eat will be at the Bake Shop and Hollywood Café,” Blakley said.

All the merchants in the community will be open for holiday shopping.

The CDC is working to make Denison a small town Christmas destination.

“We have a lot of wonderful local merchants with a lot to offer for the holiday season,” Blakley said.

Horse-drawn wagon rides around uptown Denison, presented by the Women in Business Impact Organization, will take place during the event.

The Donna Reed Theater will have a showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 3 p.m. and Santa will be at the Santa House for kids to go see, Blakley said.

“The weather forecast keeps going back and forth from chilly to quite chilly, so attendees should plan to bundle up with insulated clothing, hats and scarves,” Blakley said.

The fire pits and propane heaters will help, he noted.

The Winter Snowcial is a fundraiser for a good cause, as well.

Fifty percent of the beverage garden proceeds will be donated to Goodfellows.

Center Street will be closed today, Friday, December 13, for setup of the event.

The beverage garden will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Santa will be in town from 1 to 3 p.m. and the horse-drawn wagon rides will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.

“The Winter Snowcial is a great opportunity for people to get out of the house and go chat with other folks in the community,” Blakley said. “Winter is just beginning and this will be a fun way to spend some time outdoors before it gets too cold.”

Blakley said he encourages attendees to head over to the Dow City Hometown Christmas event after stopping by the Winter Snowcial.

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