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Merrill's Winterfest beats the cold

MERRILL (WAOW) - Organizers of Merrill's Winterfest postponed some outdoor events due to the bitter weather, but people didn't let the cold stop all their fun on Saturday.

"The reason we decided to postpone the cardboard sled races and the snow sculptures was because of the age of the kids," said Dawn Smith of the Merrill Park and Recreation Dept. "You just don't want them out in the cold."

Both events are being rescheduled for February 22nd.

People could still participate in indoor activities, including hockey and volleyball. One of the only outdoor events that wasn't postponed was a sled dog race.

Organizers say more than 100 mushers registered for the race and seven youth hockey teams participated in the tournament.

Participants say being a part of Winterfest means more than just playing a game or racing.

"It brings people into the area," said Jesse Zuelsdorff, a volleyball player. Some players on my team are from Wausau. We're bringing people into our community instead of going elsewhere."

"It means a lot to Merrill because we don't have a lot really we're known for and it'll help get us on the map a little bit," said Adam Deterc, a hockey player.

So even a little cold couldn't put a freeze on a community's spirit.

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