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Addison Park District festival celebrates winter

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  • Ice carver Joseph Gagnepain of St. Charles works on a reindeer Sunday during Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.

       Ice carver Joseph Gagnepain of St. Charles works on a reindeer Sunday during Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Winnie Evans, 7 checks on the marshmallows for her s'mores at Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event Sunday featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.

       Winnie Evans, 7 checks on the marshmallows for her s'mores at Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event Sunday featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Jason Elbert, 16 of Addison tries out snow golf Sunday at Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event featured other winter-themed events like marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.

       Jason Elbert, 16 of Addison tries out snow golf Sunday at Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event featured other winter-themed events like marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • J.P. Meyers, 4, slides down an inflatable tower Sunday at the Addison annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.

       J.P. Meyers, 4, slides down an inflatable tower Sunday at the Addison annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Jake Gizel, 3, of Streamwood gets a snowman painted on his face by Anna Pecoraro during the at Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event Sunday featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.

       Jake Gizel, 3, of Streamwood gets a snowman painted on his face by Anna Pecoraro during the at Addison's annual WinterFEST at Community Park. The event Sunday featured winter-themed events like snow golf and marshmallow roasting, as well as indoor activities like an obstacle course and bounce house.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
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If you can't beat Mother Nature, you might as well join her.

So during a month where it seems we've had two kinds of weather: cold and snowy and colder and snowier, Addison Park District officials couldn't have picked a better time for their annual WinterFEST celebration.

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Visitors who gathered Saturday at Community Park got the chance to participate in all sorts of winter-themed events, from snow golf and volleyball to marshmallow roasting.

"Everyone is having a good time," said Director of Recreation Mike Walaszek as he helped to run the s'mores station.

For those who prefer to celebrate winter indoors, the district offered performances by dancers, baton twirlers and even a martial arts group. There also was time for bingo, face painting and more activities that included an inflatable bounce house, family games and an obstacle course.

Fans of winter wear, meanwhile, could participate in a crazy hat contest.

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