Freeze Fest will bring the fun to the freezing weather on Saturday

Freeze Fest

Terry Trueblood Recreation Area — Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.

A view of the lake from the lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. — photo by Jordan Sellergren

Iowa City’s third annual Freeze Fest will be held at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on Saturday. And this time around, the weather should live up to the event’s name.

“Last year it was almost 70 degrees on the day of the festival,” Iowa City Director of Parks and Recreation Juli Seydell Johnson recalled.

But this year, weather forecasts call for temperatures in the teens and single digits on Saturday.

“We’re excited,” Seydell Johnson said. “It looks like we might be able to do the ice fishing demonstration and ice skating this year.”

“It’s all about celebrating, getting families and everyone outside, even if the weather is really cold,” she added.

The free two-hour event will feature a variety of outdoor games and activities (including demonstrations of winter survival skills), as well as activities in the park’s lodge (for those whose approach to surviving winter is to stay inside whenever possible).

Freeze Fest was launched in 2015, as Iowa City was working on becoming a certified Blue Zones community. The Blue Zones Project is made up of cities that promote healthy living options to their residents.

“Blue Zones is all about being a healthy community the whole year round,” Seydell Johnson explained. “So, that was really the start of this event a few years ago. It helps us say that just because its cold, that doesn’t mean you can’t be outside and be active.”

The event, during which attendees will enjoy a hot cocoa bar and fire-roasted marshmallows, kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“It goes no matter what the weather,” Seydell Johnson said.

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