January 30th, the 2nd Annual Downtown Showdown sponsored by Sunday River and Sugarloaf with support from the City of Portland is coming to Monument Square. The resorts will build the two-story take off and 30-foot long staircase with the new feature of a cannon rail for skier and snowboarders to slide down. The Downtown Showdown is an invitation-only competition including twelve skiers and twelve snowboarders from industry teams, shops and academies, who will be competing for cash and prizes. For more information about the event, visit www.thedowntownshowdown.com.
The Downtown Showdown is a precursor for the 2nd Annual Portland WinteRush, Maine’s coolest outdoor festival February 13th. Portland WinteRush offers a number of fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy outdoors in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park. The festival begins with the PolarBear 5K sponsored by Tri-Maine followed by the 1st Annual Portland Snow Plow Parade along Park Avenue. Families can try their hands at snow fort building, snow painting, and snowball fights with Portland Recreation and Healthy Portland staff. In keeping with Portland tradition, the city will build its own sledding hill, the Hannaford Sledder Shredder, down State Street Extension. The first toboggan run in Portland was built in 1919 and was a city-held tradition for four decades. WinteRush’s Sledder Shredder reinvents this tradition for 2010. Other activities included snowshoeing through the book Snow Day! (illustrated by local artist Scott Nash) with WinterKids, cross-country skiing on groomed trails throughout the park, and for those more interested in spectator sports, attendees can vote for the best snowman for the 1st Annual Neighborhood Organization Snowman Contest or check out teams as they create art out of snow for the Maine Snow Sculpting Contest.
The City of Portland Public School Parent/Teacher Organizations will be offering hot and cold food and beverage treats at the event locations. All proceeds from the sales will go to benefit Portland schools. For those looking for a fun souvenir, Portland Co-curricular Boosters will be selling WinteRush t-shirts, hats and other items at the park.
For more information about WinteRush and an event schedule, go to www.portlandwinterush.com.
When: Saturday, January 30, 2010
Where: Monument Square
Congress Street, Portland