Saturday, January 27, 2024
Winterfest is the perfect way to get out of the house in late January and embrace the season with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. Watch our Facebook page closer to the event for more information. A brochure will be available to guide you to all the specials happening during Winterfest, but here are a few key events and activities to plan on:
Winterfest at the Market Barn: 11AM – 2PM
The Winterfest Games at the Market Barn, located in the heart of Amana at the intersection of 220th Trail and 47th Ave. Each year our two Winterfest classics, The Great Amana Ham Put and the Wreath Toss are sponsored by the Amana Meat Shop. Enter the annual Best Beard Competition held at 2pm! Watch an ice sculptor sponsored by the Ox Yoke Inn, and our local chainsaw artist from Colony Carvers carving live during the games and events.
Open Fire Chili from the Amana Volunteer Fire Department will be available at 11AM at the Market Barn while supplies last.
Market Barn events are subject to both weather conditions and other emergency events. Please keep an eye out for updates and call the Visitors Center at 319.622.7622 with any questions. In most cases, Winterfest will not be cancelled but will be adjusted to combat any unpleasant or dangerous weather. Updates are made on Facebook.
From 11am-4pm the annual Winterfest Wine Walk is a great experience. Purchase a punch card at the Visitor’s Center then travel to each location for a sample. Once you’ve completed the walk return your punch card for a great Winterfest Logo Wine Glass.
Of course, all of the shops are open for you to browse and many have special events, demonstrations, or product specials regardless if you participate.
5K Run / Walk
The day begins with the Amana Freezer 5k Run/Walk from Amana to East Amana. This race takes off no matter what the weather beginning in front of the Carding Studio at Hotel Millwright. Both expert runners and those of us who move a little slower take part. This fun run is organized by the Amana Colonies Trails.
Registration for the 2024 Freezer 5K will be available closer to the event.
Planning ahead? In early 2025, Winterfest will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2025!