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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ogden City Cancels Its Winterfest Activity Because Of Weird Weather Forecast

The popular Winterfest celebration in Ogden has been canceled this year because weather conditions are not expected to be favorable. The festival was scheduled to run Jan 27-28.

Northern Utah valleys have received little snowfall so far this winter, and so there is no base for snow sports. An impressive storm is in the forecast for later this week, and it is expected to dump considerable snow on Utah's ski resorts, but valleys may be warm enough that the precipitation comes in the form of rain. That would make it impossible to hold festival events.

The city provided the news release give below:

Ogden City to Cancel 2012 Winterfest

Ogden, Utah (January 17, 2012) - Due to weather conditions and current forecasts, Ogden City has made the difficult decision to cancel Winterfest 2012 scheduled for January 27 and 28 in downtown Ogden.

Little snow accumulation in December 2011 and early January 2012 as well as rain anticipated in the 10-day forecast, has made preparations impossible for the free annual community event. Thus the event will be cancelled for 2012 and is anticipated to resume in January of 2013.

“Unfortunately, it is with deep regret that we announce the cancelation of this year’s Winterfest celebration. We want to express our appreciation to all of the organizations and supporters involved, and we look forward to next year’s festivities,” said Kevin Ireland, Winterfest event coordinator.

Thousands of people were expected to gather for the annual community celebration in downtown Ogden. The event is held at the height of the winter season giving the public an opportunity to enjoy cold weather activities. Most events are free and accessible to all ages. Winterfest activities include snowmobile drag races, human dog sled races, a polar bear swim, skijoring and the new snowmobile freestyle stunt team performances. Winterfest is funded and supported by generous local businesses and organizations.

For more information, please contact the Ogden City Public Services Department at 801.629.8337.

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