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GOT SPIKES? The Ice Bike Race on Evergreen Lake, part of the Winter Festival on February 4. Register at www.evergreenwinterfestival.com. (Photo from Evergreen Winter Festival on Facebook)

It’s another upside down week here in HeidiTown.com. This post usually goes up on Thursday, but again, a writing conflict is interfering with the Tuesday post, so I’m posting this early.

The following is my weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.

Listen to the audio –> HERE, or read the following transcript of the show.

Hi, my name is Heidi, and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

Here’s the line up for this coming weekend, Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5.

First, I wanted to chat briefly about something I’ve noticed while browsing calendars around Northern Colorado. If you enjoy art, this is the place to be! Local calendars are always filled with art shows, art openings, artists meet and greets and art workshops. And with that, don’t forget that this weekend is First Friday Art Walk here in Fort Collins and in other community across the state.

As far as festivals this weekend, check out the Winter Festival at Evergreen Lake. This is a first annual event and runs Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. It kicks off with a 5K SnowDash at Echo Mountain. Other events throughout the day include mountain bike races on the frozen lake, a snow sculpture competition, ice-skating, sleigh rides, fire works, live music, a beer garden and more. Bundle up and take the entire family to Evergreen this weekend. Learn more at EvergreenWinterFestival.com.

wine and chocolateIn Old Town Arvada this Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., it’s the 11th Annual Chocolate Affair. Yes, celebrate all things chocolate at this event in historic downtown. With chocolate tasting, a chocolate treasure hunt, a chocolate cookie contest and chocolate artistry, you’re going to want this festival with a side of milk! Find out all about this sugary event at ArvadaFestivals.com.

Last week I shared a snowshoe tour happening in Durango, this weekend there’s a Snowshoe Outing at the Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. This guided hike is geared for beginners. Call the Bear Creek Nature Center for more information. As I mentioned before, guided snowshoe outings occur all over Colorado during the winter, so there’s bound to be one happening near you.

If you are headed up to do some skiing with the kids this weekend, check out Keystone Kidtopia on Saturday and Sunday. This is a festival designed with kids in mind. They can explore the ultimate Snow Fort, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join in activities on and off the slopes. The snowfort is open daily at 11 a.m. There will be additional Kidtopia weeks on February 17-20, March 10-14 and March 18-21. More at Kidtopia.com.

Fairies wear boots Ska Brewing beer logo

This year's special Snowdown beer is Faeries Wear Boots Gingerbread Brown Ale by Ska Brewing.

And don’t forget, Durango’s ultimate winter festival, Snowdown is underway and runs through February 5! Outside Magazine rates this as one of the top winter festival in North America and it made my top 5 Colorado Winter Festivals not to be missed list. At Snowdown, Durango pay homage to the silly things that happen when a person gets cabin fever with event like a polar plunge, a burp off, arm wrestling competitions, snow golf and plenty more hilarious activities that help ward off the winter blues. Each year has a different theme so head over to Snowdown.org to find out the theme for 2012.

For those who like to plan ahead, a great winter festival is just around the corner, Steamboat Springs Carnival runs February 8 through the 12th. I LOVE this event and have written about it several times on HeidiTown.com.

Also coming up it’s the Winter Teva Mountain Games in Vail on February 10 through the 12th. The Summer Teva Games is a celebration of adventure sports, music and mountain lifestyle, so the Winter Mountain Games are a celebration of winter adventure sports and lifestyle. Visit TevaMountainGames.com for details.

That’s all for this week. Remember, I can’t fit it all into the radio show, so be sure you have joined the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Lots of additional events and festivals are posted there on a daily basis. As always, you can chat with me anytime on Twitter @HeidiTown.  The town is also now on Google Pus. Until next week, I’ll see you online!

Thanks for listening!

Estes Park Winter Festival ice castle

The Estes Park Winter Festival is fun for the entire family. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The 3rd Annual Estes Park Winter Festival runs Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, 2012.

Last year, my husband and I decided to randomly check out this event without really knowing what to expect, and we had so much fun! In addition to the interactive ice castle, which is really great for kids, we loved the chili cook off. I think we sampled over forty green and red chilis. The hot green chilis are always my favorite and there were some memorable ones with a good kick.

The event starts on Friday night with a Céilidh Barn dance and outdoor bonfire that includes cowboy poetry and ghost stories, hot chocolate and s’mores. This event is free and sponsored by Estes Park Weddings.

Estes Park Winter Festival chili cook-off

Last year's chili cook off attracted more than forty competitors. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The next day is Winter Trails day at Rocky Mountain National Park and the two days of live music, chili, beer and wine tasting commence at the Estes Park Winter Festival. This event has become so popular it has been moved from Bond Park to the heated, enclosed pavilion at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. This has allowed the festival organizers to increase the size and scope of this event and I can’t wait to attend again this year! To read the entire schedule of events planned for Winter Festival, go here.

Admission to Estes Park Winter Festival is just $5, and this includes chili tasting. For $25 you can purchase festival admission that includes chili tasting and the extensive beer and wine tasting. Purchase tickets here.

And now for the really, really good part… you can enter here to win admission for two to this event. One luck winner will receive two $25 full admission tickets that include beer and wine tasting. ID required at the door.

Estes Park Winter Festival beer photo

Estes Park Winter Festival includes an extensive beer and wine tasting. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Just leave a comment below telling me if you prefer green or red chili and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic Estes Park event. Feel free to tell us who makes your favorite chili, whether it be a restaurant, family member or friend.

I think I make a darn good red chili, but my friend Lara, of Fly By Chili,  makes my favorite green chili.

A winner will be chosen at random this Friday, January 6, at approximately 3 p.m.

Join the Estes Park Winter Festival on Facebook and check out more photos from last year’s Estes Park Winter Festival on HeidiTown’s Facebook page.

Good luck!

~ CONTEST CLOSED ~

Classic Car Cartoon

UPDATED POST on August 22, 2013.

I never used to be much of a classic car enthusiast, but in the last couple years, I’ve found myself attracted to the bubbly exteriors, the meticulous thought out interiors and even the big, gas-guzzling engines.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 classic car lovers can get their engineers revving in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado at the Nelsen’s Old Town Car Show. Hundreds of hot-rods, vintage cars and classic trucks will be on display in Old Town Square, between Mountain Avenue and Walnut Street.

The show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the day includes a chance to vote on your favorite cars in categories such as Ladies Choice and Spectators Choice.

In addition to gazing longingly at attractive vehicles, guests at the show can enjoy live music throughout the day. Come out for the cars and stay for entertainment, a beer garden, great dining at surrounding restaurants and other downtown fun.

Want your car in the show? Registration forms are available through the Downtown Business Association by calling (970) 484-6500, or visiting www.DowntownFortCollins.com.

South Park City - kids running.

Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

It’s true that kids run and play in South Park, and the occasional burro can be seen trotting through town.

It is also true that South Park is located in the Colorado Rockies.

However, it’s probably not the town that that’s popped into to your mind.

Find out more about the real South Park City in my new post by clicking here.

When: Friday, August 27

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Longmont, Colorado

What:  It’s the 10th anniversary of Festival on Main, Longmont’s largest community street party.

Read all about this family fun festival by clicking here.