Bend WinterFest 2007It snuck up on me: Bend WinterFest starts this weekend! It’s from Friday, February 2nd through Sunday the 4th, and is chock full of events.

In addition to the ever-popular ice carving exhibitions, fireworks, races at Mt. Bachelor, Mojo Music Eruption in the Festival Center, children’s activities at Snowflake Village, the US Cellular Rail Jam presented by Crunch Events, ice skating, and Arts Central LIVE, LibertyBank Bend Winterfest will feature an expanded Winter Wine and Barley Hop of Bend, headline entertainment at the Tower Theatre, the Winterfest Marketplace, a snowman building contest, and a polar bear plunge.

And you can’t beat the price. A LibertyBank Bend Winterfest button is $6 and gains entrance to many weekend events, and significant discounts for tickets to other events. Many retailers downtown also offer special discounts for customers with a Winterfest button. Best of all, everyone who buys a Winterfest button will be entered into our contest to win a brand new Chevy Equinox!

And according to’s 10-day forecast, it looks like it’s going to warm up for the weekend, just in time.