Grafton Winter Fest staff get creative to keep event going

January 26, 2018 07:15 PM

GRAFTON - The *snow* must go on, at Grafton Lakes State Park.

State park staff spent Friday preparing for the 33rd Annual Winter Fest in a very unusual way. Recent rain has done a number on the snow at the park. So staff had to literally dig into the reserves. Those reserves are the 10 to 12-foot high mountains of snow cleared by plows throughout this winter.

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Park crews transferred the enormous piles of snow with backhoes and person power, then spread it out in sections of the park that were snowless.

That means events like the popular snow bowling and snowball-throwing contest can go on as planned.

There will be many other winter activities - including a polar plunge and carriage rides, but many favorites could not have occurred if it weren't for the creativity of park staff.

"Thankfully, the park has been handling snow all winter long and just storm after storm. So we already had huge piles of snow that we have been plowing. It was just in the wrong spot," explained Liz Wagner with Grafton Lakes State Park.

Winter Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.


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