By Kathy McGrath

A dog show, musical entertainment and children’s games were just a few of the activities at this year’s Winterfest event, revived after a two-year hiatus.  Shortly after the Jan. 28 festival began, large crowds had gathered, including many young families.

 “I think Winterfest is important to bring people together,” said Leila Naoum, 9, who attended with her family and a friend. “I especially liked to see the dogs doing their tricks and stuff.” The dog show, hosted by Muddy Paws in Guildwood, awarded prizes for best trick, best dressed and best owner look-alike.

New this year was a clothing swap, where shoppers could trade gently used clothing items for the good of their wardrobes and the environment.

First responders with police cruisers and fire trucks were a big draw.  Two huge police horses from the mounted unit also showed up to the delight of the crowd.

As with most public events, food was  popular, creating long lineups for hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie samosas and pop. Local businesses like Rouge Kitchen, Jac and Jill’s Bakeshop, Kool Creations and Baked by Kelly sold items like Mac and Cheese and sweet treats.  Councillor McKelvie’s staff gave out hot apple cider and MPP Thanigasalam provided complimentary hot chocolate.

Active kids enjoyed inflatable games like ice Lego and ball hockey, while those who wanted to stay warm got creative at the colouring table.  Adults were entertained in the gym by a lineup of musical artists.