Embracing winter can be challenging, especially with all of the snow and extremely cold temperatures. A town in Iowa is helping people enjoy the season with a 3-day festival.

The festival is centered around a long-standing race that happens every year in this eastern Iowa town. With the race being held in February, it's rightfully named the B-rrry Scurry.

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Connor Kenney/Townsquare Media Quad Cities

If you haven't figured it out by now, the town of Clinton, Iowa is hosting a festival titled Embrace The Winter. This will be the first year for the community and fine arts festival and it's coming up.

First-ever Winter Festival In Eastern Iowa

Get ready for the first-ever Embrace The Winter Community & Fine Arts Festival in Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL. This first year festival starts Friday, Feb. 2nd with packet pickups for the 43rd annual Clinton Community College B-rrry Scurry race.

Embrace The Winter via Facebook
Embrace The Winter via Facebook

The event was planned around the popular winter race, according to Local 4. This 3-day festival will have numerous free activities for people of all ages. Plus, this event is definitely geared to help residents and visitors to shop locally.

Embrace The Winter festival also includes a student art show at the Eagle Point Lodge in Clinton, on Sat., Feb. 3rd.

But at the heart of this event is the B-rrry Scurry.

43rd Annual B-rrry Scurry

The 43rd annual Clinton Community Colelge B-rrry Scurry is Saturday, Feb. 3rd. The 4-mile race in the cold begins a 12 p.m. with the start and finish line being at Clinton Community College.

The race is still taking registrations. The post-race party will take place at Legend's Draft Haus.

Schedule Of Events

The new Embrace the Winter festival is filled with events throughout the Gateway area. See the full schedule below.

  • Friday, February 2, 2024
    • 8am-4:30pm: *B-rrry Scurry Packet Pickup /*Clinton Community College
    • 4:30-6:30pm: *Friday Night Lights/*Downtown Fulton, *Downtown Clinton, *Lyons Neighborhood
      • Light displays in windows / All Businesses
      • *Hosted fire rings *Hosted by Churches & Non-Profits
    • 7:30pm:*Community Glow/Windmill Region, Sawmill Region
      • *Luminaries *Jean Roeder Coordinating
      • Practice for World Record Attempt (Most glow sticks illuminated simultaneously) [First 3000 people will receive glow stick, but please feel free to bring your own also!]
  • Saturday, February 3, 2024
    • 8am-2pm: Snow shoeing, Cross country skiing, ice fishing available at Mississippi River Eco-Tourism Center, Camanche
    • 10am-2pm: Student Art Show /*Eagle Point Lodge
    • 10am-2pm: *Clinton County Walk of Fame display/*Eagle Point Lodge
    • 10am-2pm: Student Musical Performances/*Eagle Point Lodge
    • All day: Snowman Building/Public Library branches in Clinton & Fulton
    • 12:00pm:Wierenga's Heritage CanyonClinton Community College
      • After Party/* Legends Sports Bar and Grill
    • 1-3pm: *Sledding, hot chocolate, and main floor windmill tours at Fulton IL Windmill Area / *Millers
    • 7pm: *Ultra Mega Capture The Flag (Age 21+)/*Heritage Wierenga's Heritage Canyon (Hosted by *Early American Crafters,
      Team Coaches Sponsored by *CrossFit Scorch)
  • Sunday, February 4, 2024
    • 1:00pm: *Slip & Slide Bike Ride/*Riverbend Bicycle Club
    • 5:00pm:*Candlelight Memorial Service

More things may have been added so check the social media post below:

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