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No snowmen, but Hebron’s annual Winterfest otherwise ideal

Nichole Mantai 12 reaches for crayas she colors with sister Tori 7 Saturday during Hebron’s annual Winterfest HebrMiddle School. |

Nichole Mantai, 12, reaches for a crayon as she colors with sister Tori, 7, on Saturday during Hebron’s annual Winterfest at Hebron Middle School. | Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 10, 2014 6:55AM



HEBRON — The weather for Hebron’s annual Winterfest on Saturday was perfect — snowy but not a blizzard, cold but not frigid.

“This will be the second best year we’ve ever had for outdoor activities,” said Mike Rick, vice president of the Hebron Redevelopment Commission, which has been putting on the festival for 10 years.

The event moved to Hebron Middle School building a few years ago after it outgrew the town’s community center; more than 300 kids attended last year.

Each year, Rick puts together three lists of activities, so the festival is covered no matter the weather, including inside activities; outside activities with snow; and outside activities with no snow.

The snow clearly wasn’t a problem this year, though even then, the snow wasn’t ideal.

“We only had to cancel one event this year,” Rick said. That was the snowman-making contest, because the snow was too dry to stick together. Snow angels, a sleigh pull and other festivities continued as planned.

Inside activities included a bouncy, a coloring contest, and shaking it with a dance video game.

Mike Mantai, with his son Mike, 3, sitting on his knee while his two daughters colored, said the family was there for a good time.

The Hebron family comes to the festival every year.

“This time of year, it’s good to get the kids out of the house. Everybody has been cooped up, especially this winter,” he said.

Daughter Tori, 7, said her favorite part of the festival was coloring, while for older sister Nichole, 12, the event was more of a social activity.

“It’s just having fun and hanging out with my friends,” she said.

Heidi Fultz, also of Hebron, came to Winterfest for the first time with twin daughters Lacey and Laney, 4, and older daughter Haley, 11. After the younger girls finished coloring, Fultz planned to take them outside for the snow angels and other outdoor activities.

“My kids are old enough now” to enjoy the activities, she said.



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