Wenatchee Winter Festival Take 3: Wenatchee has gone without a winter festival for two years now, but that will change later this month. The Christmas-on-the-River-turned-Flake-Fest is being revived and expanded into the new Wenatchee Winter Fest.
The new festival will still focus on family winter fun, but organizers hope doing it a month and a half later than its earlier versions will mean more people and more snow.
It is being revived, sort of, later this month by the city of Wenatchee and Wenatchee Downtown Association as the Wenatchee Winter Fest. The new event on Jan. 26 will focus on family winter fun, but that’s about all it will have in common with the old Flake Festival, which ran for 10 years until 2010, and the preceding Christmas on the River, also a 10-year event.
“We’re just trying to find something in these dog days of winter that will be fun for kids and families,” said Linda Haglund, executive director of the Downtown Association.
It will focus on winter sports, with a fun run, snowshoeing and displays of snowmobiles. There will also be karoake, hay rides, food and maybe even a dressed-up dog or two from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.
More festival fun: Speaking of winter festivals and dogs, here’s something new. There’s going to be SNO at the Bavarian Ice Fest in Leavenworth. That’s SNO without a “w”. The organization Siberians Needing Owners will set up a booth at the festival this year to showcase rescue Siberian huskies and other sled dogs in need of foster care and permanent homes. Rumor has it that a local ice sculptor will be carving a Siberian husky sculpture for the booth.
Rumbling on: The video that former Wenatchee Wild hockey player Chris Rumble shot and performed in while undergoing cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital last year has now topped 3 million hits on YouTube.
Rumble made the video — which featured young patients, nurses and doctors lip-synching to the Kelly Clarkson song “Stronger” — for his Wild teammates, who had made a video for his birthday while playing a game in Alaska. He posted the video on Youtube and it became an instant sensation. Rumble was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia at the time.
Rumble’s leukemia is in remission and he is now playing hockey for Canisius College in New York. On Friday, he scored his first and second NCAA goal in a 5-1 win over Sacred Heart University. He was interviewed after the victory by the college television station Griffs TV. The interview can be seen at www.gogriffs.com.
This week’s Worm was compiled by reporter Michelle McNiel. Got a tip? Email it to newsroomwenatcheeworld.com.