Winter Fun Day is today at Pymatuning State Park

Feb. 10—JAMESTOWN — Though conditions may not be ideal for winter weather outdoor sports and activities, it won't stop today's 46th edition of Winter Fun Day at Pymatuning State Park.

The free one-day festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. about 2.5 miles northwest of Jamestown at the park's Shelter 4 and Beach 2, off Route 322.

Hosted by Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, it's labeled as a family-friendly event with plenty of outdoor activities.

"It's designed to promote activities to do here in the park in the wintertime," Dan Bickel, superintendent of Pymatuning State Park, said. "There always are things to enjoy here year-round, not just in the summertime."

A lack of ice over the surface of Pymatuning Lake has meant the cancelation of ice fishing demonstrations, but a polar plunge into the lake to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life is on at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the ACS asks for a minimum $25 donation. The Pymatuning Lake's water temperature was a very cool 40 degrees on Friday.

Pymatuning Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will have a vintage snowmobile display with all makes and models welcome to participate.

There are dog sledding and chainsaw carving demonstrations scheduled as well as a maple sugaring display.

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus there will be a ride on a kid-sized train.

There also will be a display by the Shenango River Watchers.

It's a nonprofit group formed to restore and protect the environmental, scenic and recreational attributes of the Shenango River Watershed. Pymatuning Lake is part of the Shenango River Watershed.

Boy Scout Troop 50 will be selling food throughout the day as part of its fundraising activities, too.

Keith Gushard can be reached at (814) 724-6370 or by email at