Schools at WinterFest
WinterFest is a family tradition of Springfield Township dating back to 1998. The event has evolved over the years, and now, the event is two days and includes a parade, winter village and a showcase of artistic talent of our local schools!
Springfield Township school districts are encouraged to be involved in WinterFest. This event celebrates the arts and all of the schools that make up this great community.
Schools: Finneytown, Winton Woods, Mt Healthy, North College Hill, Northwest, Princeton, Cincinnati Public, St Xavier, John Paul II, St Vivians, Central Baptist, Roger Bacon
How Can The School Become Involved in WinterFest?
Student WinterFest Committee
The second day of WinterFest is created by high school students. It was their idea to theme Sunday as "Holidays Around the World". They are researching holidays and exploring ways they can bring an international experience to families through food, music, dance, craft and story. Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 4pm at the Springfield Township Community Arts Center. To become a committee member, call 522-2108, option 3 or just show up to a meeting. Committee members can receive community service credit for attending planning meetings and helping the carry out the event.
Participate in the community parade
The parade will step-off at 2pm from the old Kroger building, (Cincinnati Financial) located at 8685 Winton Road. The parade will travel down Winton Road to the location of the main WinterFest event, located behind the fire station at 9150 Winton Road. We are encouraging all schools to participate in the parade with their band, student groups or even a float. To confirm, please fill out an enclosed parade application for EACH parade unit. VIEW ONLINE APPLICATION HERE
Empower a group of students to decorate the school district tree.
One, eight foot live evergreen tree will be set up in the outdoor Winter Village area for each public and private Springfield Township School District. Students are encouraged to work together at school and design handmade decorations for their tree. Trees should be decorated by the students on Friday, December 6th. (No electric to trees). To confirm, please fill out the TREE APPLICATION here. Trees will be raffled off at 6:30p.m. and will benefit the school that decorated the tree!
Submit up to three pieces of artwork per school to be a part of the indoor student art gallery.
The Grove Banquet Hall, which will be the location for the Madcap Puppet Show, magic shows and the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra concert, will hold a small art gallery filled with works of art by our local students. Showcase your students’ and the great art projects happening in the school! Each school in the district can submit 3 pieces of visual art. To confirm, please fill out the enclosed student art exhibit form. The artwork will need to be dropped of at The Springfield Township Administration Building (8am-5pm) any weekday before Wednesday, December 4th and picked up at the same location on or after December 9th Fill out the application STUDENT ART APPLICATION here.
Showcase your school’s talent on the outdoor stage.
Every thirty minutes, between the hours of 2:30-6:30 p.m. a school performance will take place on the outdoor stage. This is a major focus for the community event. Performances should be 20-25 minutes in duration. The stage is 16’x20’ and low to the ground. Larger groups can be placed outside of the staging area. The audience will be seated on hay bales in front of the stage. We will have a sound technician and producer to bring new groups on and help others exit. These producers will run all sound and microphones. We can provide a keyboard, microphones and a soundboard. The sound will be heard throughout the entire Winter Village. ONE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE APPLICATION per group is needed for confirmation. All grade levels welcome. Your time will be give to you based on the number of applicants. Deadline to register as a music group, November 15, 2019.
Receive Items From Our Food Pantry Drive
Admission to WinterFest is simple and supports the community in many ways. We are collecting donations of canned goods, coats and toys. If your school has a food pantry, we would like to share the food donations we collect with you. All food donations will benefit our school pantries. Simply fill out the SCHOOL PANTRY REQUEST FORM to let us know if you would like to be a food pantry donation recipient. We will deliver the food items to you at a time that works best for you.
We need over 150 volunteers to run WinterFest successfully. Two shifts of volunteers are needed Saturday; 12:30-4p.m. and 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. One Shift is needed on Sunday; 12:30- 5:00 p.m. We are setting up a Signup Genius account where students, residents and churches can sign up to work a specific shift. CLICK HERE SOON FOR MORE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP
Set up a Booth to Sell Items such as Spirit Wear in the Arts, Craft Vendor Fair
An art, craft and vendor fair will be held Saturday and Sunday in the arts center. 10x10 spaces are on sale for $35. $5 per table and $5 for electric while supplies last. Student organizations can set up a booth space to raise money for their cause. REGISTER FOR A BOOTH SPACE HERE.
Provide Gift Bag Materials
500 gift bags will be handed out to the cars at WinterFest. Your school may have items such as a community profile, school fact sheet, open enrollment flier or logo item(s) inserted into the gift bags. All gift bag items should be dropped off to the Springfield Township Administration Building (9150 Winton Road) no later than November 15th. We request 500 of EACH item.
As you can see, there are many ways schools can be involved! We ask that you please share this information with all teachers and make the decision to participate in a manner that works best for the school and the students. Further communications will follow once confirmations are in. We ask that confirmations come in as soon as possible, no later than November 15th. As you can imagine, an event of this size, takes quite a bit of planning and work in advance. Please feel free to call ArtsConnect at 522-2108. The WinterFest website is at www.TheArtsConnect.us/WinterFest