Winterfest in the Amanas 2019

January 26, 2019

8:30 AM To 10:00 PM

622 46st ave, Amana, IA 52203

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Upcoming Events Description

Winterfest is a celebration of the experience of winter in the Amana Colonies. You’ll find a wide variety of activities including a 5K run/Walk, Outdoor games, Open Fire Chili, a Wine Walk featuring samples of locally made wine and beer, and a dance to name just a few.  Join us as we celebrate Winter! Here is a full list of what we have planned.

Saturday January  26, 2019

Amana Freezer 5k Run/Walk, 8:30am: Registration begins at 8:30am at the Timber and Tools (Next to Amana Furniture Shop) and the race starts at 10am at the Woolen Mill. Proceeds benefit the Kolonieweg Recreational Trail.  More info

Ackerman Winery, All Day: Snowflake Scavenger Hunt. Find all snowflakes hidden around the store to be entered into a drawing for a special gift basket.

Amana Meat Shop, All Day: Ham Sampling, try our signature hams along with our different glaze/sauce options.

Fireside Winery in the Village, All Day: Sampling Sweetheart Wine Hot Coco (for adults).

Fireside Winery in the Village, All Day: Our daily cheese, wine, and jelly samples along with warm cheesy appetizers that the whole family can enjoy!

Fireside Winery in the Village, All Day: Soda Flights for the Kids to Enjoy! 1 Flight: $3.00, 2 Flights; $5.00

The Chocolate Haus, All Day: Sampling Chocolate toasted marshmallow fudge

Amana Woolen Mill 9am-4pm: Enjoy, cookie samples and a hot beverage too

Millstream Brewery, 10-5pm: Kolonie Kubb – Learn to play Kubb, a yard game that can be played on carpet. Located in the Millstream Brewery warehouse.

Amana Heritage Museum, 11am to 1pm: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beloved Amana children’s book, Kolonie Kinder-A Children’s Story of Communal Amana, by Jennifer Sandersfeld and illustrated by Gordon Kellenberger.  Visit with these Amana natives as they share the story of how this book came to life.  Purchase a signed copy for a special price, plus 10% off all other merchandise in the Museum Gift Shop.

Amana Heritage Museum, 11am to 3pm: Special admission price of $3/adult to tour museum.

Amana Furniture Shop, 11am-3pm:-Broom Making Demonstration, watch & visit with a local craftsperson as she demonstrates how she handcrafts her brooms.

Ox Yoke Inn (Bierstube), 11-close: Enjoy Beverage and Food Specials including cheese and chocolate fondue.         

Ice Sculpting, 11 am–Completed: View our talented ice sculptor as he creates a fantastic piece of art from a block of ice.  Sponsored by the Ox Yoke Inn.

Ox Yoke Inn, 11 am–3 pm: Kids and big kids decorate your own snowman cookie.  $1.00 minimum donation for Safe Haven of Iowa County. 

Amana Woolen Mill, 1pm-3pm: Kids Craft Come and make a fluffy snowman, dress him with buttons, hat and scarf.  A free craft for kids.

Amana General Store, 11-3pm: Roasting Cinnamon Glazed Almonds, Pecans, & Cashews. 

Winterfest Wine Walk, 11-4pm: Visit each winery (Ackerman, Heritage, Sandstone, Village and White Cross along with Millstream Brewery) for samples. Get your wine walk card punched after visiting all participants and get a free glass.  Cost is $2.00, Must be 21 to participate. 

Little Red Wagon, 11-4pm: Make your own snow globe, $5/person, all ages

Ackerman Winery, 1pm: Paint your very own wine glass! $10 pre-registration, $12 at the door. Register online at 

Amana Furniture Shop, 1pm: Guided Workshop Tours—Take a guided tour of our workshop and get a closer look at how we handcraft Amana furniture and clocks. Tours begin at 1:00 & 3:00 pm. Space is limited. Stop by the shop or call 1-800-247-5088 to register. FREE

Amana Furniture Shop, 3pm: Guided Workshop Tours—Take a guided tour of our workshop and get a closer look at how we handcraft Amana furniture and clocks. Space is limited. Stop by the shop or call 1-800-247-5088 to register. FREE

Ackerman Winery, 3pm: DIY Wine Charms. Create your own shrinky dink wine charm. Two charms for $6. No registration needed. Instructions will start promptly at 3pm.

Millstream Brau Haus, 6-9pm:  Snowball Dance.  Finish your evening with live music, from the duo of Nick & Tom, local brewed beer, food, and fun at our German Bierhalle.

Ox Yoke, 6pm: Wine and Dine dinner.  Enjoy a 5 course meal with each course paired with a glass of White Cross Cellars wine.  Call 319-622-3409 to reserve your seat.

At the Market Barn Games and More:

Open Fire Chili: 11am

The Amana firefighters serve chili, cider, coffee & hot chocolate starting at 11am until it’s gone.  Proceeds benefit the Amana Fire Department.

Chainsaw Artist: 11am-4pm

Andy Klindt is an Iowa artisan specializing in chainsaw sculpture and metal design.  Andy will be crafting and selling original piece

Ice Fishing: 11am-2pm

Throw your line over the ice Wall for a prize! Fun for kids of all ages.

Log Sawing Competition: 11am-2pm

Teams of two can compete using an old fashioned cross-cut saw, or try it just for fun!  Winners announced at 2:30. Sponsored by the Amana Forestry Department.

The Great Amana Ham-Put: 11am-2pm

See how far you can fling a ham in this shot-put style event!  Winner announced at 2:30 after the best beard competition. Sponsored by the Amana Meat Shop.

Pork chop Slap Shot: 11am-2pm

Give it your best shot and sink a pork chop into the net.

Wreath Toss:  11am-2pm

Ring a Christmas wreath around a cone to win a prize! Winner Announced at 2:30pm.  Sponsored by the Amana Meat Shop.

Ice Cube Launch: 11am-2pm

Take an ice cube, put it in your month and launch it as far as you can.  The ice cube that goes the furthest wins the prize.

Best Beard Competition: 2pm

Competitors are invited to show off their beards & compete for Prizes.  Categories are fullest, most unique, and best overall.

Eisbahn Ice Rink: 2-4pm

Bring your own skates or slide in your own shoes on the Amana Eisbahn Ice Rink between 2-4pm weather permitting.  Free.

Mush: 2pm

Two person teams can compete in a timed sled race.  One sits on the sled while the other pulls it to the finish line.  The fastest time wins the prize. Adults and Kids divisions.

Scavenger Hunt

Pick up an entry form at a participating business and solve the clues for a chance to win an Amana Colonies gift basket!  Bring your completed form to the Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse to receive a free cookie!  The winner of the gift basket will be drawn at 4:30pm at the Amana Meat Shop.

Kid Activities

Millstream Brewery: 2pm.   Warm up at Millstream Brewery and enjoy roasting your own marshmallows around the bonfire.  

MINI-GOLF IN THE FESTHALLE BARN 11am-4pm   $1/golfer

Of course, some of the events are subject to change based on the weather.