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Friday, December 3, 2021

PolarFest a go for 2022

BY VANESSA STARK

The 15th annual Polar Fest will be running again in February 2022.

The event will run from Friday Feb. 4 to Sunday Feb 6, 2022 with a weekend full of winter events within the Township of Selwyn.

According to Mike Richardson, manager of recreation services, the event will be host to the Snowman Challenge that will run leading up to the weekend and the ice sculpture contest will also run, although it is not yet known where.

Friday Feb. 4 will be host to the Opening Ceremony at the Chemong Lodge in Bridgenorth and the Night Hike in Lakefield starting at the Marshland Centre. On Saturday Feb. 5 the Polar Run will be hosted at 11 a.m. Nordic Day will be at the Ontario Skating Oval in Lakefield.  There will be Lakefield Library Kids Activities, a Polar Paddle in Lakefield and the Candlelight Skate at the Ontario Skating Oval. For Sunday Feb. 6, the 42nd annual polar plunge will take place as well as lake curling.

There will also be free public skates if possible at each arena and other events announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Richardson also said that due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be more outdoor events and likely not many indoor activities at all.  Any COVID requirements for gathering and events applicable next February will have to be followed which means there will likely be some events that require proof of vaccination, screening and contact tracing for all participants depending on age.  Peterborough Public Health and Provincial requirements will have to be followed.

“We typically get several thousand participants and spectators to the area including residents and visitors to the Township.  Following COVID protocol in all areas we can safely see opportunities for local businesses and residents to engage in winter activities, operate during a traditionally slow time of the year and promote our Township to residents and visitors.”

For more information on the 15th annual Polar Fest happening in 2022, visit  polarfest.ca or the townships website at selwyntownship.ca