Snowtown U.S.A. Is Coming, With Luck, With Snow

Snowtown U.S.A. Is Coming, With Luck, With Snow

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Big changes are coming to Snowtown U-S-A. For starters, it's only a couple of weeks away.

The north country is known for its winters - and that's celebrated with the annual Snowtown USA in Watertown.

But over the last few years, not every day of events has lived up to its name.

"When you have Snowtown, but you don't have snow, it's kind of puts a damper of things," said Tim McAtee, a Snowtown USA committee member.

In the hopes of having snow on the ground during activities, this year organizers have moved Snowtown USA to January. It will run from the 18th to the 26th.

"We tried to plan it around Martin Luther King Day weekend. We have most of our events happening that Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The kids are off school on Monday, so we're hoping to get a lot of attendance at our events," said Erin Gardner, Snowtown USA Committee co-chair.

Mild weather in the past contributed to smaller crowds and low attendance because of no or little snow isn't the only problem. Over the last few years, outdoor events like Thompson Park Day were canceled because of the weather. This year, organizers are hoping they can stick to schedule.

This year's schedule includes new activities, like hot air balloon rides and a downtown business scavenger hunt.

"We've tried to get a lot of local businesses involved, downtown businesses, and we have a $1,000 VISA gift card prize for that," Gardner said.

And instead of an opening and closing ceremony, there will be one fireworks display at Dry Hill Ski Area during opening weekend.

You can see the full list of activities on Snowtown USA's web site.

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