COUNCIL BLUFFS – It looks like Council Bluffs will have an authentic winter this season. It will also have its traditional Winterfest celebration.

The annual series of events was officially kicked off with the Bayliss Park Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 19 and will continue this month.

Recreational Winterfest activities will get rolling with the 13th annual Xtreme Winterfest Bike Ride, which will take off at 11 a.m. on Jan. 16 from the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. Participants are encouraged to come early to tour the museum and enjoy some hot chocolate.

The ride, which usually attracts 75 to 100 people, will follow the Riverfront Trail three miles to Caddy’s Riverside Grille, where cyclists can enjoy lunch and a breather before heading back.

The ride and admission to the trails center are free. Helmets are required, but no registration is necessary. For more information, go to or call (712) 328-4650.

Next up will be the 17th annual Winterfest Frozen Golf Classic. The nine-hole tournament, proof that golfers will play in any conditions, will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. at Dodge Riverside Golf Club, 2 Harrah’s Blvd. Competition will be held in junior, adult and senior divisions. Registration is $25 for adults and seniors and $15 for those 18 years old and younger, including door prizes and refreshments. Participants can register as individuals or foursomes. The deadline is Jan. 21. For more information and a registration form, visit or call (712) 328-4660.

The 17th annual Winterfest Snowball Adult Softball Invitational will be held Jan. 30 at Bahnsen Park, 1720 Ave. L. Competition will be held in men’s and co-ed divisions, with first and second prizes awarded, depending on the number of teams entering.

U.S. Specialty Sports Association rules will be enforced, for the most part, and one sanctioned umpire will be hired. There will be a 1+1 home run restriction.

“If you hit a home run, you can’t hit another home run until my team hits one,” said Geoff Hubbard, recreation superintendent, before last year’s tournament, which was called off because of field conditions. “You can go one home run over your opponents in a game.”

There will be no home run running. In addition, batters will start at a 1-1 count and be allowed one foul ball on the third strike.

The entry fee is $100 per team, which includes an umpire. Registration deadline is Jan. 27. The tournament will be canceled and fees refunded if fields are soft or muddy. For more information and a registration form, go to or call (712) 328-4650.

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