Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:19

2013 Warm Up Oswego has snow sculptures, Hot Spots, fireworks and more

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Participants at a previous Warm Up Oswego kick up their heels. Participants at a previous Warm Up Oswego kick up their heels.

     The program of events have been finalized, the "Hot Spots" are in place and the snow has finally arrived for the eighth annual Warm Up Oswego Festival, taking place Feb. 1-2, 2013.

     One of the most exciting events, especially because of the newly arrived snow, is the city-wide "Snow Sculpture" contest.
     "We are inviting SUNY Oswego students and local folks alike to create snow sculptures throughout town," Mary Vanouse, Warm Up committee member, said. "Then we'll have great snow sculptures throughout town to cheer us up through the rest of the winter."
     Entries need to be registered at the YMCA by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30, and the sculptures need to be completed by 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
     First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded for "Best Warm Up Oswego Festival Theme" and "Most Original" in both Business/Organization and Family/Individual Categories.
     Judging will take place between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., Jan 31. Photos will be taken during the judging and will be displayed at the Awards Ceremony and the festival.
     The festival kicks off at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, with a bonfire in the YMCA's Armory parking lot on the south side of the building. The winners of the Snow Sculpture Contest will be announced at the bonfire.
     Saturday kicks off with the annual Hot 2K Trot Race , which starts promptly at 12:05 p.m. The entry fee is a non-perishable food item for Human Concerns Pantry and the course begins in front of the Oswego YMCA Armory and will loop once around the Utica and Bridge street bridges.
     At 3 p.m., join the 2013 Oswego YMCA Crazy Costume Sled Race.
     "For both races, participants are encouraged to use their imagination and wear costumes to make it even more fun," Jackie Sheffield, membership director and Warm Up Oswego committee member.
     Treasure Hunt for children at 12:30 p.m. Children should gather at the armory.
     For the kids, there will be a Treasure Hunt in the Snow, which starts at 12:30 and participants should gather at the Oswego YMCA, 265 W. First St. There is also a Scavenger Hunt from 12-4 p.m. downtown and the festival concludes with fireworks over the river at 6 p.m.
     Warm up Oswego quilt raffleA beautiful 2013 Warm Up Oswego Quilt, "Three Shades of Gray," has been donated for the eighth year in a row by Margaret Mulcahey. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and available at the YMCA. The drawing will be held during the festival on Feb. 2.
Other Friday night events
     More fun will be brewing at the Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest, hosted by the Child Advocacy Center, will take place from 6-10 p.m., Friday, at the Lake Ontario Conference Center, 20 E. First St. For more information, click Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest.
     A Contra Dance is also being held at 7 p.m. at the McCrobie Building with the Great Bear Trio and the Cantus Vocal Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m., in Waterman Theatre in Tyler Hall on the SUNY Oswego Campus.
Other Saturday events
     I Heart Oswego will be hosting a "Chicken BBQ Fundraiser" during the Warm-Up Oswego festival Saturday, Feb. 2. For more information, click Chicken BBQ Fundraiser.
     Other Hot Spot for the event include Greene's Ale House, G.S. Steamers, Canale's Restaurant, Cheap Seats Bar & Grille, La Parrilla, Lakeside Artisans and the Great Raven Tavern.

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     For more information and registration forms for the races and snow sculpture contest, go to

     For Friday's schedule, CLICK HERE.

    For Saturday's schedule, CLICK HERE.


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