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Despite freezing temps, WinterFest brings in hundreds

WAUSAU (WAOW) --  Ice sculptures, ice skating, and ice loges. This year WinterFest had one reoccurring theme, ice.

But, the freezing temperatures didn't stop hundreds of people from flocking to downtown Wausau to enjoy the activities.

"It's nice to get outside," Cheryl Johnson said as she walked through Wausau's 400 block.

Sponsored by Wausau Area Events, the first ever WinterFest was a chance to offer some cold-weather activities. But, what's more fun than taking a warm-weather sport and adding some snow to it?

That was the scene at the 17th annual Ice Tee Classic. The 9-hole golf course had contestants using putters and tennis balls to try their luck on the snow-covered course. But, this wacky sport looks easier than it actually is.

"It's a challenge," Johnson said as she swung her putter. "But, you have to be outside because if you're inside all Winter you'll be all cooped up and that's no fun."

All the money raised goes to The Neighbor's Place. Tom Rau, Executive Director for the food pantry says the event is just another way to keep their doors open.

"It's a way to let everyone know the Neighbor's Place is still working hard to bring people in need what they need," Rau said.

Rau says, in the past, the event has brought in thousands of dollars. And he hopes this year won't be any different.

"We can get 3,4,5 thousand dollars just out of today," Rau explained. "The community is so caring and they help us out because they want to make sure families and neighbors have what they need."

And Johnson agrees, "It's good to help those in need and its a fun way to raise money for community."

And after all the ice golfing, and ice skating, and ice's time to warm up and head inside.

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