Just because it’s the middle of winter doesn’t mean Iowans can’t get outside and enjoy themselves. In north-central Iowa near Clarion, Lake Cornelia Park is the setting for a celebration of the season today. Bruce Lindner, director for the Wright County Conservation Office, says the 22nd annual Winterfest is designed to get area residents out into the fresh air.

There will be ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, Lindner says, so people can try out new wintertime activities instead of just sitting around the house. He says they’ll be bringing out the horses with sleds or wagons for rides and other activities that are more educational.

The Mason City fire/rescue team will be there to talk about safety precautions people should take when recreating on a frozen lake, in addition to demonstrating their ice rescue techniques and equipment. Lindner says Winterfest draws a good crowd every year, regardless of how nasty the event’s namesake of winter may be.

Food will be served by the Four-H Clubs of Wright County. Events are underway at the park from 11 AM until 3 PM. For more details, visit the county’s website: "www.wrightcounty.org" or call (515) 532-3185.