FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Community Chamber’s fifth annual Maine Winterfest will be Jan. 14 through 18 in Falmouth and Freeport.

This event has been named one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America for 2005.

People can enjoy ice and snow sculpture parks featuring carvings from award-winning sculptors, a fire-breathing dragon snow slide, concerts by family entertainer Rick Charette and a ride on a luge track with members of the U.S. luge team.

This event is open to all and bus tours are welcome with an appointment.

Award-winning carvers attend this event, making it one of the premier ice and snow-carving events in the Northeast, organizers said.

This year’s theme, “A Jester’s Court,” will feature castles, kings, queens, jesters and depictions of life at court. Ice skating, a winter dance, food vendors and other winter activities are planned. Merchants in Freeport and Falmouth also participate, offering special discounts and promotions to festival attendees.

“Maine Winterfest is a wonderful way to celebrate Maine’s dynamic winter season, as well as to encourage visitors and residents to enjoy Falmouth and Freeport,” said Winterfest coordinator Ed Jarrett. For more information, people can call Martina Duncan at the Portland Regional Chamber, (207) 772-2811, extension 223.

For $3, attendees can purchase a ticket that will allow them into both parks; each individual park has an entrance fee of $2 per person. Group rates are available.

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