Residents turn out for Winter Whoopla fun

By Kendra Caruso | Feb 04, 2020
Photo by: Kendra Caruso Passengers ride in a horse-drawn carriage down Front Street at Belfast's third annual Winter Whoopla Feb. 1.

Belfast — Mild weather made for good attendance at Belfast’s third annual Winter Whoopla, with a number of activities taking place along the Harbor Walk. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department, Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and Waldo County YMCA organized the event.

More than 50 people attended the event Saturday to enjoy activities like a woodsman demonstration, horse-drawn carriage rides, a cornhole tournament and downtown shopping, according to Sandy Patrick of Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce. That evening, Rollie’s Bar and Grill hosted an ice bar and bonfire in the Washington Street parking lot.

“We’ve had a really good turnout,” Patrick said. “... People are showing up and participating. It’s great that families are coming together, that people are coming out.”

Residents attended a Frost and Flannel Dance at the Boathouse Friday evening, with music by the Whippoorwill Wood Band.

There was not much snow for sledding or snowshoeing Saturday, but children could be seen playing toss games outside the Boathouse. Members of Unity College’s woodsmen team demonstrated competition techniques to a crowd of about 20 people.

Many local shops held sales to draw people downtown. Colburn Shoe Store was crowded with people popping in and out to find the best deals.

“It’s what we want,” Patrick said, “for people to come out and get some fresh air and come together as a community.”

 

A member of Unity College's woodsmen team gives a wood-cutting demonstration at Belfast's Winter Whoopla Feb. 1. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
People gather around a bonfire at the Washington Street parking lot Feb. 1 where Rollie's Bar and Grill hosted an ice bar. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Two children throw a bean bag at targets during Belfast's Winter Whoopla Feb. 1 outside the Boathouse. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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The Unity College Woodsmen's Team does a demonstration at Belfast's Winter Whoopla. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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