Winter Festivals Cancelled: Too Much Snow, Cold, Ice

About ten years ago I invited my brother to a winter festival for ice sculpture, dog sled racing and other winter frolicking.  But too much snow, ice and cold cancelled the event.

This winter, it is happening again…

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By Patrick Springer, Forum Communications, Bemidji Pioneer

Here’s another entry for the annals of noteworthy winter weather: The dogsled race near Frazee, Minn., has been canceled because there’s too much snow.

Too much fluffy snow that keeps drifting and therefore made it impossible to maintain a groomed trail.

That poses a safety risk to the dogs, supercharged canines whose mushers need a groomed trail to drop a hook to stop when necessary.

“We can’t pack it,” race organizer Eddy Streeper said Monday. “We just can’t get it packed. We had to speak up on behalf of the dogs.”

The Third Crossing Sled Dog Rendezvous, slated for Jan. 23-24, would have been the ninth annual running of the sprint races, which twice were canceled for lack of snow.

This winter, as anyone with a driveway knows, has been a season of prodigious snows.

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