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Ice is Nice! Mark your calendars, everyone! Saturday, February 23 is our 3rd Annual WinterFest!

When: 10am-2pm, Saturday February 23, 2019
Where: Polson’s Riverside Park
What: Celebrate the winter weather with games of Broom Ball, some hot beverages, and snacks, all free of charge! We will have some small fire-pits to keep everyone toasty, and an assortment of other small games to try!

What is Broom Ball, you ask? Simple!  Broom Ball is played just like
hockey, only no special equipment is needed.  You play on a flat surface
in your boots or shoes, and we provide the rest! Keep your sticks down and your heads up to receive passes and score a few goals. Come out and
try your hand at Broom Ball with the whole family!

Due to this year’s weather, access to Riverside Park will be restricted to the stairway on 1st Street West in Polson. 
The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association wishes to thank all those who continually support us and ask about our progress.  We are
always able to host our successful WinterFests thanks to you: our
supporters, our wonderful volunteers, and our amazing local business
sponsors. 

It’s so wonderful to see our community coming together to ensure healthand happiness for our kids.  We would like to thank the following for
making this year’s WinterFest possible!  

Business Sponsors:
*S&S Sports
*White’s Meats
*Greater Polson Community Foundation
*Jason Brown, @intangible.studio
*Polson ACE Hardware
*The Cove Deli, and the Avison and Family
*Parks and Rec., the City of Polson, Pat Nowlen

Volunteers:
*Bret Richardson
*David McDaniel
*Steve and Mike Lozar
*Chuck Wall
*Katie Walter


As always, we thank you for your support. If you’re interested in helping out with events in the future, please feel free to contact us by
replying to this email, checking out our Volunteer tab on our website,
or messaging us on Facebook.  Thank you so much!

Hilary Lozar

Chair, Mission Valley Ice Arena Association

The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association’s second annual WinterFest is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, from 10 am to 2 pm at Polson’s Riverside Park. It’s free and you’re invited to play ten-minute Broom-ball games on the park grounds. “Don’t feel like a full-blown game of Broom-ball? No problem!” Says MVIAA Chair Hilary Lozar. She invites you to participate in easy hockey skill games overseen by local hockey enthusiasts, with equipment for all activities provided by the MVIAA through Greater Polson Community Foundation grants.
Local merchants have donated raffle prizes and ticket sales boost the non-profit MVIAA fund. Prizes include gift certificates for the Red Lion Hotel, MacKenzie River Pizza, and a scenic flight over the Mission Valley, thanks to Blue Goose Aviation. Hot chocolate will be available free of charge, and donations are appreciated.
MVIAA board members and volunteers will be wearing white hockey jerseys and will be available to answer any questions you have about the ice rink project.
“This event is primarily to increase awareness of our ice rink project, as well as spark an interest and love for winter sports, so please, invite anyone you can think of and share this event with your friends and family,” Lozar added.
Parking is available along the street above the park, with easy access down the stairs. Overflow parking may be found along Third Avenue.

The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association (MVIAA) is pleased to announce that they were awarded a Greater Polson Community Foundation grant toward its annual “WinterFest” event toward the construction of a seasonal ice rink.
“We are so grateful for the Foundation’s ongoing support and enthusiasm for our progress,” said Hilary Lozar, MVIAA chairperson. “They support our goals of providing healthy wintertime activity, and our commitment to boosting Polson’s economic activity during our slowest time of year,” she added.
The popularity of ice sports is increasing, and the nearest available rinks are Missoula, Kalispell or Whitefish. MVIAA envisions an indoor rink at the Ridgewater Complex adequate for hockey, tournaments, open skating and curling. Developer Mike Maddy has pledged the property once construction funds are assured.
February’s WinterFest is an opportunity for the public to experience a variety of winter sports. The event is free and attracts all ages of participants, raising awareness of the benefits of winter sports and the need for a local facility with safe, reliable ice.
Participants of all ages choose from a variety of activities, like practicing their hockey shot. Broom ball is “entry level” hockey and has been the most popular. “The kids played all day, and my son Carson really loved it,” said local businessman David McDaniel. MVIAA provides all equipment at no charge. Apparel and concessions are available, and local merchants have been generous donating raffle prizes. “We look forward to next February, with plans to improve the event,” Lozar said.

Mission Valley Ice Arena Association was formed to construct a seasonal ice rink in Polson and obtained charitable 501(c) 3 status in 2013. All donations are tax-deductible. Mailing address is P.O. Box 333, Polson, MT 59860.