Crystal Lake Winter Festival canceled due to ‘mild winter’

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 12:12 pm on Thursday, February 02, 2012

An individual braves warmer temperatures in an attempt to ice fish on Crystal Lake last week. Unusually warm temperatures have made the lake unsafe for this year's Winter Festival.

CRYSTAL — The third annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival has been canceled due to mild temperatures which have made Crystal Lake unsafe for winter activities.

The festival was previously rescheduled from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11 in hopes that temperatures would be cold enough for Crystal Lake to freeze with a thickness of at least 12 inches of ice, but Winter Festival Committee Chairwoman Pam Greenhoe said mother nature just didn’t cooperate.

“To avoid complications with thin ice and a lack of snow from this mild winter, we had to make the difficult decision of canceling this year’s festival,” she said. “I was pushing to have the events just on land, but we can’t risk the safety of others, even if we posted that the lake was unsafe.”

Despite canceling this year’s festival, Greenhoe said there is “no doubt” there will be a festival in 2013.

“We look forward to beginning planning the Crystal Lake Winter Festival for 2013,” she said. “I thought we might lose some momentum with this year’s event being canceled, but we’ve had such great support the first two years I have no doubt next year’s festival will be just as successful.”

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