Warren County Winterfest

This year’s Warren County Winterfest is set for Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22 at Chapman State Park.  This event is great for the whole family and it is known to be one of the largest winter events in Pennsylvania!

This fun event will start off with the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Race on Friday morning at Chapman State Park!  Come on down with your friends and family and enjoy this exciting event in snow!  Looking for more snow activities?  Ride your snowmobile through some of the best snowmobile trails in Western Pennsylvania.  The Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Loop goes right through Chapman Park, so spend the day on the trails and stop by Winterfest throughout the weekend for great family fun!

The fun continues Saturday morning with more Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races, skiing, ice fishing, and a geocaching seminar that starts at 9 AM!  There will also be Canine Weight Pull competitions going on as well!  Later in the afternoon there will be the Patrick Shine Polar Bear Plunge at 2 PM!  Be sure to register before the event and all the proceeds help to benefit the Salvation Army’s Warren Citadel.

For all of you skaters out there, make sure you bring your ice skates and enjoy the all new ice rink!  If you don’t have skates, it’s not a problem because there will be skates available for you to rent throughout the weekend!

To send off this special event, be at Chapman State Park on Sunday at 2 PM for the Outhouse Races!  Build your own outhouse on top of cross country skis and race to the finish line!  The fastest time wins, so bring your A team and get ready to send off this year’s Winterfest the right way!

The Warren County Winterfest never disappoints and there is something in it for everyone!  You’re your calendars and get ready for the best event yet! Click here for more information and to sign up for events and activities prior to Winterfest!

ERA Team VP Proudly Hosted Make-A-Wish Child and Family Over the Christmas Holiday

Buffalo, NY – January 3, 2017 – ERA Team VP was proud to collaborate with Make-A-Wish Western New York to make a special young man’s wish come true over the holidays. Andrew, 16, of Spencerport, wished to have new ski equipment so he could enjoy time with his family on the slopes. Thanks to ERA Team VP, the teen was able to try out his new gear in Ellicottville with a trip to Holiday Valley with his mom, dad and sister.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation booked an ERA Team VP Vacation Rental Fox Ridge condo via Airbnb, which was then partially donated for the special trip. They made Andrew’s family feel so special by beautifully decorating their condo and including presents under the Christmas tree. “We were delighted to see the reservation come through,” says Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Corporate Marketing and Vacation Rental Management. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation is far-reaching and impacts families and entire communities. We were thrilled to have it touch the Ellicottville community.”

Andrew’s family said, “The skiing was wonderful and your village is fabulous! We are sure to make a return visit someday.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

For more information about Make-A-Wish programs, visit wny.wish.org.

About  Make-A-Wish:

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish® Western New York has to date fulfilled the wishes of more than 2,500 children in the Western New York area. Regional offices are located in Buffalo and Rochester serving 17 counties in New York State. In Fiscal Year 2016, Make-A-Wish Western New York touched the lives of 174 wish children and their families. Make-A-Wish Western New York is a proud participant of the Better Business Bureau Charity Seal Program, which indicates that the organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. For more information, visit www.wny.wish.org

Make-A-Wish® Western New York

Buffalo Office: 4600 Main Street, Suite 101, Snyder, NY  14226 | 716/810-9474 | 716/631-8869 (fax)

Rochester Office: Brighton Commons, 1855 Monroe Ave. Suite 4, Rochester, NY 14618 |  585/272-9474 · 585/272-9463 (fax)

www.wny.wish.org / @makeawishwny / www.facebook.com/makeawishofwny