The Weekly Vista

Rotary Club planning signature Winterfest event


Members of the Rotary Club of Bella Vista are embracing the cold weather this year with a new, reimagined event for area children. Winterfest is coming on Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Bernard’s Church.

In the past, the Rotary Club worked with the Property Owners Associatio­n on a children’s event at Riordan Hall each winter. Even with Riordan Hall closed for renovation­s, the Rotary Club decided to bring the event back. It will be a signature event for the club according to Robert Ritschel of the Rotary Club.

“The Parish Hall is a great fit,” Ritschel said.

Last summer, the Bella Vista Foundation sponsored a charity golf tournament with the help of several area nonprofits and the Rotary Club was one of those. The club agreed to use its share of the proceeds to benefit young people in the city and the new Winterfest is the result, he explained.

It’s being planned as a carnival, he said, and will have four distinct areas: Penguin Alley, Snowman Lane, Enchanted Forest and Frozen. Both Elsa and Olaf, characters from the movie Frozen will be on hand for pictures with attendees.

Other groups are helping with the project. Staff from the children’s department of the Bella Vista Public Library will man a crafts table. The service club Altrusa will be passing out free books and the Knights of Columbus, the St. Bernard’s men’s group, will be cooking and giving away food.

There will be a face painter and a person making balloon animals in attendance.

The POA has been advertisin­g for the event in its publicatio­ns, Ritschel said, and is helping by providing some of the equipment needed for the games.

The is free, but to prevent over crowding, participan­ts should register for one of two sessions. The first session runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second session will be from 12:30-2 p.m.

To register go to stubs. net and search for Winterfest. For more informatio­n, email rotarywint­

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