Even though the celebration is more than a month away, this year’s Groton Cabin Fever Festival is already taking shape as preparation for the event is heating up.
The main portion of the festival will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 29. with a brief intermission between the afternoon section and the roller skating party held from 6 to 8 p.m. (Admission to the roller skating party will be five dollars.)
Sponsored by the Groton Recreation Department and the Community Celebrations Grant, the Cabin Fever Festival is an annual event dating back to 2003 that is designed to honor the winter season and the community as a whole. The festival provides an opportunity for residents to leave their houses and interact with one another and stay warm from the chilly weather.
“During the winter months, this is the main event in our town where community members can gather, socialize, stay active, and have fun,” Director of Recreation Jennifer Jones said. “Guests and the community have the opportunity to learn about local agencies, businesses, and get active in the many events available.”
This will be the 17th annual festival and will continue to provide entertainment for all ages, according to Jones. Children will be able to have their faces painted or receive a henna tattoo, and burn all of their bottled energy in an inflatable bounce house. CrossRoads the Clown will be in attendance at the event, wandering around the high school gym, accepting balloon animal requests and performing an array of goofy acts.
Jones said there will be new features to this year’s event, one being programs put on by the Sciencenter from Ithaca. Folks can participate in a hands-on activity where they learn how to make bubbles out of dry ice. The Sciencenter will also be hosting three planetarium shows throughout the day – one at 1 p.m., one at 2 p.m. and one at 3 p.m.
Also new to this year’s festival will be a pair of Tompkins County 4-H clubs. The county 4-H Jr. Tailwaggers, a group of children from eight- to 18-years-old who spend time learning how to train dogs, will be in attendance to hold a presentation demonstrating dog training techniques. The 4-H Little Bunny Foo Foos will also be at the event with some rabbits, sharing information on their health and how to take care of them.
Aside from the activities, folks can walk around and peruse through the vendor booths set up in the gym. Skip Hills Baseball Cards will be there selling trading cards, hats, plaques, sports-themed pillows and more. Toby’s Treasures Jewelry will be offering Sterling Silver rings, earrings and pendants. Local girl scouts will be selling cookies at a booth, and a cub scouts pack will be holding STEM-related activities and selling beef sticks.
For those interested in signing up as a vendor or want to learn more about the festival, one should contact Jones at either email@example.com or at (607) 898-3966.