Trumansburg Connection: WinterFest returns for its 23rd year


As the Trumansburg WinterFest Event Coordinator, I am pleased to invite the Tompkins County community to head to downtown Trumansburg on Dec. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the 23rd annual Trumansburg WinterFest. This 100 percent free family event takes place in the heart of the Village, with live entertainment, games, horse and carriage rides and more.

The 2018 festival will stick to some favorites, featuring a performance by Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy and roaming magician Mike Stanley. Back by popular demand is the Fall Creek Brass Band, which will be playing holiday tunes in addition to fan favorites. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive to light the Village tree, along with a special appearance from Buddy the Elf, the official festival MC. In addition to the live entertainment, there will be free horse-drawn carriage rides, and games provided by the Trumansburg High School group Femtastic.

A new addition this year is the exciting Seasonal Costume Contest.

Contestants will wear their most festive seasonal costume and will be judged on stage by festival goers by applause. There are no rules to the contest, and the possibilities are endless. Be creative! You might choose to dress like a reindeer, a snow-covered forest, a group of elves, or your favorite holiday story character. Cash prizes include $300 for the best group of three or more, $200 for the best duo, $100 for the best individual, and a child 10 and under will win a $50 gift certificate to their favorite pizza shop in Trumansburg. While not required, there is a sign-up form online, and participants are encouraged to sign up in advance. Visit the Facebook page for more details.

WinterFest will also feature a holiday-themed sculpture created and installed by the Trumansburg High School AP Studio Art class. This is the third year the students have participated in the event, which swapped out the expensive ice sculpture in favor of student participation. After the event, each student will be presented with a stipend, and be honored as the artists they are. Last year’s theme was snow globe, and this year it is music related. The art will be unveiled this week.

The 50/50 raffle returns again this year. Tickets will be sold on Nov. 24 at the Trumansburg ShurSave, and will also be available through the festival at Good to Go! Trumansburg Market, the Ulysses Philomathic Library, and Sundrees.

In addition to shopping at Sundrees and Salmon Pottery, there will be many vendors on hand for holiday shopping, tucked away in the warmth. Garrett’s Brewery will be open for an open house and craft sale, housing as many as 10 art, craft, and personal care product vendors. The Trust Company will be open as well and will be home to some vendors and informational tables.

There are many opportunities to support the community at WinterFest. The Elementary PTO will be taking orders for gift cards, both to national chain stores and local stores and restaurants. There will be other PTO groups on hand, as well as class groups, all hoping to raise funds. Check out the games, run by the group Femtastic, located near the Children’s Village. Lastly, the Trumansburg Rotary will once again be providing free hot soup, which is made possible by generous donations from Sweet Land Farm and Full Plate Farm Collective.

Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic from 4 to 7 p.m. Check out the many pop up vendors and community groups and wander into our local businesses. Many provide free refreshments and crafts and other activities for kids including gingerbread decorating at Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery and snowflake cutting at Good to Go! Trumansburg Market. Enjoy food and beverages, handmade goods, and community merriment!

WinterFest isn’t the only event happening in Trumansburg on Dec. 1, so plan to come and share the excitement and activity the entire day. The Trumansburg Craft Sale will take place at the Trumansburg Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Trumansburg United Methodist Church will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar and Lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Handmade Holiday Market will take place at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with the Trumansburg Community Chorus performing at 1 p.m. The Chorus will also perform at the Ulysses Historical Society at 2 p.m., to complement the Historical Society’s noon to 4 p.m. open house. Santa will also make an appearance at the Trumansburg Community Nursery School, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where there will be free holiday crafts and face painting, photos with Santa, raffles, a cake wheel, and a gently-used toy sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Trumansburg Community Nursery School scholarship fund. As WinterFest wraps up, get cozy by the fire at the library and enjoy the classic story, The Mitten, along with some seasonal treats.

The Trumansburg WinterFest is presented by the Trumansburg Chamber with support from Tompkins County Tourism, the Town of Ulysses, and the Village of Trumansburg, along with several sponsors including Sidle Insurance, Falls Restaurant and Catering, Little Venice, Lindsay Hart, REALTOR, and Ehrhart Energy. Like us on Facebook,, and follow along on the Facebook event.

WinterFest is the perfect time to celebrate and reflect on what makes our community truly special - join us!


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What a happy surprise to see this informative and fun article written by an old friend of mine. All of the Springers are dear to my heart. When I see something wonderful accomplished by any one of them, it is a joy to my heart. Happy Holidays Elaine, to you and yours!

Sunday, December 2, 2018