Winter is here, but we’ll Beat the Bitter
North Liberty, Iowa, December 5, 2016 —Snow has arrived and Beat the Bitter — North Liberty’s celebration of winter games and good cheer — is ready for two days of winter fun on the tundra of Penn Meadows Park on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb 4. Registration is now open.
Highlights include fireworks, a full slate of winter games, and the Sleeves ‘n’ Suds Snuggie Crawl.
We kick off with Fire & Ice Family Friday, culminating in fireworks at 7 p.m. But the good cheer will start in the afternoon with horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, a meet-and-greet with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and more, with a community bonfire also on tap. Events are free and open to the public.
Saturday begins with the Indomitable Snow Run 5K-ish obstacle run at 9 a.m., with more winter games throughout the day, including family and adult divisions of the Kick Winter in the Snow Ball kickball tournament, the Freeze Your Bags Off tournament and the Nearly Impossible Scavenger Hunt. Some games require registration. See details at beatthebitter.com.
Saturday evening is given over to the Sleeves ‘n’ Suds Snuggie Crawl, an evening out with friends and neighbors. Registration includes an embroidered Beat the Bitter Snuggie (pick it up early to add the perfect finishing touches), a trolley to take crawlers to stops at BeerBurger, J&A Tap, Vito’s on 965, Reds Alehouse and Rocky O’Brien’s, as well as access to specials, games and activities at each establishment.
Other affiliated events will be hosted throughout North Liberty as part of Beat the Bitter, including Millstream Brewing and food pairings at the North Liberty Community Library on Thursday, Feb. 2, a Madhatter-style snow volleyball tournament on Friday, Feb. 3, at J&A Tap, and fat-tire bikes with Sugar Bottom Bikes and the annual Boys Scout Troop 218 chili supper on Saturday, Feb. 4. A full calendar, registration and details are available at beatthebitter.com.
Beat the Bitter is organized by the North Liberty Community Betterment Group, a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our thanks to our sponsors JCI Johnson County, Adam Schechinger State Farm, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, Junge Ford North Liberty, Scheels and the City of North Liberty for their generous support.