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Warmerfest, Wetterfest, Springfest... 1/19/2011
WARMERfest, WETTERfest, SPRINGfest ….just some of the terms used to describe this past weekend’s balmy “Winterfest Fire and Ice Festival”. But while it was one of the warmest weekends in history, festival crowds and participants alike had a great time, with some folks even getting down to their shirt sleeves before pulling out the rain gear for Saturday night’s polar bear plunge, bonfire and fireworks.

Warm conditions wreaked havoc on the ice sculptures. Chelan Chamber Director Mike Steel says the organizers decided in honor of the hard work by all of the ice sculptors, the total prize money would be evenly distributed to all of the teams.

A damp but enthusiastic crowd in the hundreds turned out for Saturday night’s torchlight parade, polar bear plunge, bonfire and fireworks, and area store keepers reported brisk business during the weekend.

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