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Published December 28, 2011, 08:19 PM

Winter Fun Without Snow At Turtle River State Park

TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK (WDAZ-TV) - Families are still taking advantage of the nice weather at Winter Fest in Turtle River State Park.

TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK (WDAZ-TV) - Families are still taking advantage of the nice weather at Winter Fest in Turtle River State Park.

This time of year there is usually snow, but the park is adapting to hold the "winter" event.

Making snow sculptures and sledding are some of the main events during Winter Fest,and snow or no snow, people are still taking part.

It's brown, grassy and not quite as smooth as it normally would be this time of year.

"We walked outside and it was sunny and no snow. You just got to make due with what you got," mother of two Marylee Anderson said.

It may not be a white winter just yet, but families are still finding ways to have fun even without the snow.

Whether it's making sculptures out of clay instead of snow, or sledding down a dry hill, kids like 6 year old Erron Anderson are still having fun at Turtle River State Parks 4th annual Winter Fest.

"I made a cookie and a snow sculpture and sledding," 6-year-old Erron Anderson said.

Park managers considered cancelling the event, but decided to adapt to the weather instead.

"We really weren't expecting anything, we considered cancelling but at the same times it's the only time the kids have off in between the school break and we thought, "hey, the parents probably have cabin fever and the kids do too and we'll try to offer something and see if we can get some kids this year," Turtle River State Park Manager Steve Crandall said.

Although only a couple families are taking part in the event, it is clear that a lack of a winter wonderland isn't an issue when it comes to having a good time.

"It's like March, it's March weather. I don't ever remember a Christmas without snow," Anderson said.

"You can still go for a walk, you know get out on the trails and do some hiking," Crandall said.

Crandall says they aren't seeing as much use in the park as they would if there was snow, but more people have been hiking and using the mountain bike trails.

It also runs tomorrow from 10 to 3 p.m. with a scavenger hunt, a wii winter ski contest and of course, more sledding down that grassy hill.

Turtle River State Park is 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2.

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