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Town of Clifton Park 2018 Annual Winterfest

Winterfest - Town of Clifton Park logo
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Where: Clifton Park, NY
Phone: 518.371.6667

About Winterfest

The Town of Clifton Park is pleased to announce its annual Winterfest. Join your friends and neighbors during this day of fun and excitement in and out of the cold. There will be local competitions, winter activities, family fun, and more!

Highlights Include

  • Taste of Clifton Park Best Soup Contest
  • Clifton Park Idol Singing Competition
  • Clifton Park Community Chorus Performance
  • Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides & Lunch on the Farm at Riverview Orchards
  • Winter Nature Tour at Local Town Park
  • Face Painting

Taste of Clifton Park - Best Soup Contest 

The Taste of Clifton Park Best Soup Contest is happening at the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom at Clifton Park Center from 2pm to 4pm. Vote for the best soup in Clifton Park


  • Angelo's Prime Bar & Grill
  • Brick Tavern & Grille
  • Pasta Pane
  • Peddlers Bar & Bistro
  • Primal, Your Local Butcher
  • Ravenswood Pub
  • Rocco's
  • Rusty Nail Grill & Tavern
  • Seven
  • The Vista at Van Patten Golf
  • Wheatfields

Clifton Park Idol Singing Competition

Come join the fun and watch all the talent here in Clifton Park. The singing contest is open to residents ages 6 to 17, starting at 11:45am at the Clifton Park Center. Pre-registration is required!

Prizes will be awarded - first place winners will receive a $75 Clifton Park Center gift card and other prizes. Second and third place winners will receive gift cards, and all participants will receive a gift bag and other prizes.

There are specific times for each age group. Call Parks and Recreation at 518.371.6667 to sign up and for more information. Or, just watch and have fun!

Community Groups

At Clifton Park Center, you can check out community groups from 1pm to 4pm:

  • American Cancer Society - Relay for Life
  • CAPTAIN and CAPTeens
  • CCI Service Dogs
  • Clifton Park Elks
  • Clifton Park - Halfmoon Emergency Corps.
  • Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library
  • Friends of Grooms Tavern
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • RPI Student Mentors, EV3, LEGO Robotics, and Animation & Gaming
  • Saratoga County Sheriff's Department

Shen Inventors

Shen Inventors of Grades K through 8 will showcase their displays of amazing inventions at the Karigon-Orenda Cafeteria from 9am to 2pm.

Riverview Orchards

Happening at Riverview Orchards at 660 Riverview Road:

10:00am to 4pm - Snow Saucers and Tubes

Bring your own saucer or tube to try out on a very gradual slope on the farm. Free.

11:00am to 4pm - S'mores at the Bonfire

Roast marshmallows and melt chocolate for a treat outdoors while staying warm at the fire. $1.00.

11:30am to 2pm - Lunch

Enjoy lunch on the farm, including chili or chowder, half sandwich, drink, and dessert for $6.95. Pizza, drink, and doughnut for the kids for $3.25.

12pm to 3pm - Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

Experience a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the farm. In the event of no snow, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides. Free.

More Fun

Kids Activities - Get your face painted, make Valentines, and do winter crafts. Free.

Winter Fun Scavenger Hunt - Kids can go outside to solve the clues and find the treasures. Free.

Outdoor Activities

Cross-Country Skiing Presented by the Shen Nordic Club

Garnsey Park, Youth Fun Classical Race: 9:30am registration, intervals begin at 10am. Four ages groups between lollypoppers and 13-year-olds. No restrooms available.

Clifton Common - Field in Front of Ice Arena

Fun Cross Country Ski Sprints at 11am. Four age grous, male and female classes, 18 and under, 19 to 39, 50 to 55, and over 56. 

Family Fun Relay at 11:30am - Relay team consists of youths 13 or under with older male and older female. Prize package for all teams and ribbons for top three teams that finish.

Winter Outhouse Races

The Shenendehowa Rotary Club announces its annual Winter Outhouses Races which will take place on Clifton Common. Registration begins at 1pm and the races begin at 2pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit local programs. There will be monetary prizes. 

Complete details, rules, and entry forms can be found at

Introduction to Ice Fishing

Ever wanted to try ice fishing? Come visit an on-ice fishing demonstration and see the equipment used by fishermen. Emphasis on appropriate clothing and gear, safety and precautions, ice fishing strategies, and hadns on participation in the ice fishing experience.

This is happening 10am to 12pm - meet at Barney Road Pond by dock off of Valencia Lane.

Free Admission to the Following 

  • Barney Road Pond
  • Clifton Common
  • Clifton Park Center
  • Garnsey Park
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Riverview Orchards

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