Winterfest activities will warm downtown Saline Jan. 22-23.
New activities for the free winter event include a bonfire bash on South Ann Arbor Street, human dog sled races, movies and snow bowling. Saline City Council learned about plans for this year’s event at the Dec. 7 meeting, when council voted 7-0 to approve to Saline Main Street’s request to change its event application with the city.
Main Street Executive Director Riley Hollenbaugh and Promotions Committee co-leader Dave Eberlein appeared before council with the request.
Unlike last year, South Ann Arbor Street will be closed between Michigan and Henry Street. There will be fire pits where revelers can roast marshmallows and chat with friends.
“We’re looking for a more festive feel on Friday. Last year, people came downtown, but it didn’t feel festive to people who were walking around,” Eberlein explained.
Hollenbaugh explained that volunteers will put up and dismantle barricades, to reduce costs to the city.
Main Street officials told council that downtown businesses are actively supporting the event and that they are on board with the change.
Winterfest features indoor and outdoor activities.
People who buy $5 Winterfest badges from Saline Main Street or local businesses will be entitled to all kinds of discounts around downtown Saline.