It wasn’t snowy or icy, but a stiff wind lent credibility to Winterfest activities in downtown Saline Saturday. The annual event, organized by Saline Main Street, attracted hundreds of visitors.
Activities were hosted in businesses and churches throughout downtown - but South Ann Arbor Street was the epicenter of the fun. Throughout out the day, kids were scene playing broomball with Saline Police Officer Dave Ringe, roasting marshmallows with Fire Chief Craig Hoeft his wife Patty, tossing footballs at bowling pins, and working their way through an obstacle course.
Saline High School junior Hannah Zetterholm won Saline Main Street’s medallion hunt. Zetterholm followed the clues on social media and found the medallion under the window at Hartman Insurance. She won $100 worth of gift certificates that can be redeemed at a downtown business.
“I think I’ll spend it at Carrigan Cafe. I love it there,” Zetterholm said.
In front of Hartman Insurance on North Ann Arbor Street, small crowds gathered to watch seven-time ice carving world champion Tajana Raukar ply her trade. Raukar shaved, scraped and drilled two blocks of ice into a crystalline polar bear.
As the day went on, the sun came out and the temperatures ascended. Three teams squared off in the adult broomball challenge on South Ann Arbor Street. As the tournament continued, a group of adults competed in the cold butt euchre tournament at Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack’s patio party.