Winterfest 2019 will offer free, family friendly snow and no snow, ice and no ice events on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, eight miles from Wellsboro. Everything is free.
If snow and ice conditions allow, there will be the sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, ice skating as well as snowshoe and cross-country ski mini-clinics.
Sledding, skating, snowshoeing and skiing equipment will be available to use free; quantities are limited. Those who have equipment are encouraged to bring it.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tom Gibson of Milton will demonstrate his Trackers Skishoes, a combination ski and snowshoe with a built-in traction device, for people to try out.
Oswald Cycle Works in Mansfield and CS Sports in Wellsboro will demonstrate snow bikes with fat tires that provide better traction on wet asphalt, muddy paths, snowy hills and sandy beaches.
At 10 a.m., a one-hour hike with forester Steve Hoover will identify the difference between look-alike tree species.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Laurel Mountain K9 Search & Rescue, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that assists fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies on lost or missing individuals, will be available and hold a program at 10 a.m. and again at 11.
Tiadaghton Audubon Society will have birding displays and lead impromptu birding walks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. will be two 30-minute birding walks. Limited binoculars and field guides can be used for free.
Bill Carey, a Fish and Boat Commission volunteer, will present ice fishing tips and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available from 11 a.m. until gone. Fire rings will help visitors stay warm.
Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., build a free bluebird box to take home (one per family while supplies last) and do make-and-take children’s bird guides with assistance from state Game Commission educator Mandy Marconi. Grand Canyon FFA members will help youngsters make pinecone bird feeders.
Mel “Longknife” Stafford, a reenactor portraying an 18th century explorer and hunter, will do pioneer-style outdoor cooking demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with free samples of fresh made donuts. He will talk about outdoor baking and stack cooking with Dutch ovens.
At noon and 1 p.m., Jess Deluccia of Sinnemahoning State Park will present “The Science of Snowflakes.”At 1 p.m., go on an easy, family friendly hike guided by Daryl Warren.
Snow and ice condition updates will be posted at www.stepoutdoors.org and on Facebook at Step Outdoors Tioga PA. For more information, call 570-724-4246 weekdays.