Lots to take in at winter Blitzville festival

New Cranbrook winter festival to feature action sports, fireworks, downtown DJ and more

Get ready for Blitzville.

Cranbrook’s newest winter festival is set to kick off this Saturday in the downtown core that will feature snowmobiliers hitting massive air, snowboarders competing in a rail jam, culminating in a huge fireworks display.

Brett Turcotte, a gold medalist and X Games champion, will lead two 20-minute snowmobile shows with his Monster Energy Team, as ramps will be set up on Baker Street and rigged with pyrotechnics.

The spectacle is likened to the popular Nitro Circus events, which draws thousands of spectators while on tour across North America.

In addition to the snowmobiling stunts, a rail jam will be happening by The Choice, with professional snowboarders showcasing their talents and tricks.

In between the action, there will be a professional stage with DJ’s will entertain the audiences, along with food trucks and several downtown restaurants providing a beer garden, hot drinks and food for the crowds.

A fireworks display will close off the night at 8:30 p.m., with a sightline of the water tower at the end of Baker St. as fireworks will be set off at the Public Works gravel pit across the railroad tracks.

Sportsnet will be on hand to film the festivities.

As a result, Baker Street between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue will be closed to all traffic from 6:30pm Friday until 1 a.m. on Sunday. An additional section of Baker Street between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning at 3:30p.m. on Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Drivers are asked to watch for and obey all barricades and signage in place for the event.

Admission to the entire event is free, but any donations are encouraged.

CBK-X Winter Blitzville Schedule

• Beer Gardens start at 4:30 pm

• DJ starts at 5:15 pm

• Rail Jam starts at 6 pm

• X-Games Gold Medalist – Brett Turcotte – 7:10 (first show)

• Fire Dancers – 7:40

• X-Games Gold Medalist – Brett Turcotte – 8:10

• Fireworks – 8:30

• Autograph Session – 8:50

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