Winterfest 2012 Set For Dec. 1 At PBIEC

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced that Winterfest 2012 will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The evening will begin with a show jumping competition at 6 p.m. and Winterfest officially kicking off at 7 p.m. Back by overwhelming demand, Vanilla Ice will be the headline performer. The sponsors this year are the International Polo Club Palm Beach and One Wellington.

John Wash, IPC’s president of club operations, will serve as master of ceremonies. Festivities include musical and dance performances by local talent, a visit from Santa and his reindeer, plus activities for the kids.

Mark Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions will be announcing the One Wellington Hero. In addition, there will be a food-and-wine-tasting expo, a VIP sponsor party, a salute to the troops, retail shopping and vendors offering all sorts of delicious food choices. Of course, everyone attending will be looking forward to the performance by local resident Vanilla Ice at the end of the night.

“It’s hard to believe this is our third year doing this,” Wash said. “I don’t think anyone understood how big it was going to be, and then it grew even larger in the second year.”

This year’s new venue at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will be able to meet the needs of an even larger crowd. “Obviously, the venue is different this year, but it’s not so much about the venue, it’s about continuing a tradition,” Wash said.

Wash is glad that IPC is continuing its participation in Winterfest. “We have always tried to be a good neighbor,” he said. “The International Polo Club is now getting ready to start our 10th polo season. I came onboard six years ago, and one of the things I have always believed in was community involvement. We do so much to try to give back through different activities and events. Our neighbors have embraced us, so we want to reach back out and embrace the community in their different objectives.”

For more information about Winterfest 2012, call Wellington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michela Perillo-Green at (561) 792-6525, e-mail, or visit