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Portland WinteRush Just Days Away!

Maine’s coolest outdoor festival will offer fun activities and events for all ages in Deering Oaks Park

February 11th, the city will officially kick-off the second annual Portland WinteRush with the Downtown Showdown a ski and snowboard competition in Monument Square. The following day, Portland WinteRush moves to Deering Oaks Park for a number of fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy outdoors.

The day begins with the PolarBear 5K sponsored by Tri-Maine at the East End Community School at 9:00 AM. At 11:00 AM, the Deering Oaks Park events will open to the public and at noon, those ready to brave the water will take the Maine Polar Plunge at the East End Beach to benefit Camp Sunshine. Families can try their hands at snow fort building, snow painting, and snowball fights with Portland Recreation and Healthy Portland staff. Kids can don a pair of snowshoes and walk through the pages of Snow Day! (illustrated by local artist Scott Nash) and for those more interested in spectator sports, attendees can vote for the best snowman for the 2nd Annual Neighborhood Organization Snowman Contest or check out teams as they create art out of snow for the Maine Snow Sculpting Contest.