(Published Jan. 18, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)

The Town of Delavan is hosting its first ever Winterfest this Friday through Sunday at Community Park.

The park is located at the intersection of Highway 50 and South Shore Drive on Delavan Lake in Delavan Township.

"We're trying to do something that we can have every year to bring people into the area," said Bill Endisch, chairman of the town's parks and tourism committee. "This is a start. Hopefully we can expand on it and kept it as something that brings Delavan's name into the papers and keep people coming and participating."

Weather is a determining factor for many of the planned events, which are described below:


Friday, Jan. 26

See the lights and hear the rumble of a snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle parade of torches around Delavan Lake. Participants should pick up registration forms at the town hall, 5621 Town Hall Road. If ice conditions are not favorable, the parade will be on dry land around Community Park. Entry is free to participate or watch.


Saturday, Jan. 27

Warm up with a pancake breakfast at the Community Park Building from 7-11 a.m. Cost is $6. Children under 3 are free.

A free family fishing derby will be held on the lake from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., pending safe ice. Organizers ask that participants to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local pantries. Prizes will be awarded for various categories. Pick up a rules form the day of the event.

Area snowmobile clubs are hosting a radar-run on the Delavan Lake Inlet starting at 10.m., again pending safe ice conditions. Contact Randy Lock at Maxxx Motorsports in Darien at (262) 882-6299 for more information.

From 5-10 p.m., the local Elks Clubs are hosing the annual luau inside the Community Park Building. Prizes will be awarded for best beach babe, beach bum and beach nerd. There is also a limbo contest, raffles and door prizes and food and beverages. The Dammit Jones band will provide live music from 7-11 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 8-12 and children under 8 are free.


Sunday, Jan. 28

Bring an appetite for a chili cook-off. Participants must drop off their samplings at the Community Park Building by 10:30 a.m. Judging is from 11 a.m. until noon. There is an entry fee of $5. Prizes are awarded for best-tasting chili.

Starting at noon is an all-you-can eat luncheon featuring chili, hot dogs and chips for $5.

Afternoon bingo is from 1-4 p.m. also at the park building.

Outside, the Walworth County Tavern League and the Elks are hosing a snowmobile rodeo from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., if conditions are right. Interested participants should contact Randy Brown at (262) 203-1827.



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