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Vernon Hills Winter Fest draws 200 in second year

Colin Rockelmann, 8, of Vernon Hills gets an earful from a Siberian husky named Zeus from the Harvard-based Free Spirit Siberian Rescue during the Vernon Hills Park District's Winter Fest Saturday at Century Park North. | Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Roasting marshmallows (from left) sisters, Emma Meyer, 7, Christina Meyer, 10, and Sophia Meyer, 6, of Vernon Hills at the fest. Emma and Sophia are smiling because Christina had to blow out her marshmallow which was in fire. | Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Jim Bringas, owner of Chicago Ice Works in Willowbrook (left),sculpts a Winnie-the-Pooh as Yan Liu of Highland Park and her daughter Helen Xiao, 5, watch.|  Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Sophia Rose, 9, Sydnie Kaufman, 12, and Carli Kaufman, 14, skate together at the second Vernon Hills Park District Winter Fest in Century Park North. | Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Ellen and Matt Rose of Vernon Hills take on the sled hill at the fest. | Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Alonso Prado helps his daughter Andrea, 5, learn how to skate at the Vernon Hills Park District Winter Fest. Organizers say the second annual event attracted about 200 people. | Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Michael Angarola and his daughter Celeste, 5, of Mount Prospect test out the sled hill. | Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Roasting marshmallows (from left) are Aderet Barak, 8, Emma Meyer, 7, Christina Meyer, 10, Sophia Meyer, 6, and Yahav Barak, 6, who is just watching, all of Vernon Hills, at Winter Fest. Organizers say they plan to make the event annual. | Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media
Dakota Lyons, 10, of Libertyville greets Gunner a husky mix sled dog at the fest. Michael Schmidt/For Sun-Times Media

Roughly 200 people bundled up for the second Winter Fest on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Century Park North in Vernon Hills — an event organizers say is slated to become an annual tradition.

The fest was created to showcase the expansion of facilities at the park, including a new pavilion added last year and an ice rink added four years ago. The site will expand again this spring, when the park district adds a community garden.

“Overall, it was a great family event,” Recreation Supervisor Marty Walsh said. “And though this is still a relatively-new park, we believe it will become a nice hub of activity.

Here’s a look at the ice-sculpting show, a dog sled demonstration, ice skating and sledding that brought residents out to Winter Fest this year.

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