There is something new this year when it comes to the 2018 edition of Slave Lake’s Frost Fest: a passport.
The 14th annual Frost Fest will take place from Feb. 10 to 19.
Town of Slave Lake Rec Assistant three Miranda Shirley says this is the big innovation this year.
“Yeah there is a few newer things this year,” she says.
The Frost Fest passport is a way that festival goers can win prizes. The idea is to bring it with you to each event you attend and get it stamped. If you get three stamps you win a prize but if you get six or more stamps you will be entered in a draw for a grand prize.
Shirley would not reveal what that was, saying the grand prize is a secret.Shirley says the idea of the passport is a way to build interest. This will be the 14th annual Frost Fest. The hope is this new initiative will be fun and get people to attend more than just one or two of the events.
While that is the newest development, Shirley says there are concepts making a return this year that have not been done in a couple of years.
This includes the hockey game where a team comprised of the Slave Lake RCMP detachment and the Lesser Slave Fire Services department take on the Slave Lake Kodiaks. This will be on Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the MRC
Another example is the showing of a movie in the MRC Fieldhouse. Shirley says families can bring chairs, pillows and blankets to enjoy The Incredibles. This will be on Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Of the staple events, Shirley says the Family Carnival, Teen and Adult Carnival and Frolic in the Park are all returning.
Frost Fest itself will kick off with the Family Carnival on Feb. 10 at the MRC from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Shirley says there will be large bouncy houses for kids, cannonball carnival games and an obstacle course.
The Teen and Adult Carnival takes place on the same day and at the same location, but runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shirley said there will be a mega obstacle course, a bungee run, extreme basketball and football toss.
The Frolic in the Park will take place on Family Day, Feb. 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Schurter Park. Shirley says the activities will include the toy fish pond, sleigh rides, sledding and Mr. Mikes will be on hand grilling burgers. She says the fish pond was a big hit last year with kids.
Shirley feels if there was only one event you could attend it should be the Frolic in the Park. She attended it last year when she first moved to town and took her kids. She says her kids still talk about last year’s event.
“They are so excited to be going this year and the fact that I’m planning it they are so pumped for it,” she says.
Shirley asks that if anyone is taking pictures and posting them online to please use the hashtag #FrostFest2018. If you do that you will be entered into a draw. The prize of this draw is a mystery.
Overall, Shirley says anyone who attends will not regret the decision.
The schedule of events is as follows.
On Feb. 10 there will be the Family Carnival, the Fur Trade Frenzy at the Boreal Centre from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Teen and Adult Carnival.
On Feb. 12 there will be the Winter Wonderland at the Wonderland Playground from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On Feb. 13 there will be the Family Fitness and Literacy from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the MRC, a drop in swim from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the pool and a dance class from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fieldhouse.
On Feb. 14 indian tacos and coffee at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Kodiaks’ hockey game.
On Feb. 15 there will be the Family Paint Night at the MRC from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and moonlight cross-country skiing at the Nine Mile Recreation area from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
On Feb. 16 there will be the cookie decorating at the Slave Lake Library from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., drop in swim from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the family movie night.
On Feb. 17 there will be cross country skiing at the Boreal Centre starting at 10:00 a.m. and a performance by Christopher Hall and the Comic Orchestra at the Legacy Centre at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 is the Frolic in the Park.
Pictured here are kids enjoying the toy fish pond from the Frost Fest Frolic in Park of 2017 in Schurter Park. Frost Fest 2018 runs from Feb. 10 to 19.