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Wausau prepares for Winter Fest

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wausau is gearing up for the third annual Winter Fest. For some, it couldn't come at a better time, as many are looking for ways to beat the cabin fever.

"It's nice to see Wausau get some activities and things to do on the weekends rather than just sit around in this cold weather," said Jenna Tomcek of Wausau.

Winter Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The 400 block will turn into a hive of activity with ice sculptures, a snow slide, carriage rides and more.

"We really wanted to give people a reason to be downtown during the winter," said Kasey Taube, the marketing and events coordinator.

New this year, people are invited to fill out a bingo card for when they visit different businesses in town. A winning bingo sheet could earn a prize.

"We really want people to explore it because some people don't even come down here to see what it's all about," said Taube.

This year also marks the first time the event is extending beyond the 400 block. There will be a shuttle for people to check out activities at businesses on the city's west side.

"We're really excited to be involved," said Rebecca Bearjar, the store manager of Katzenbarkers. "It really helps include us in the downtown business district."

In the evening, the Elks Lodge will be hosting more adult-themed fun with the Winter Brew Fest, starting at 6 p.m. There will be more than 30 brews to sample.

"We're providing a space for everyone to enjoy," said Kyle Skoug, the Elks Lodge club manager. "We're hoping for a great turnout and a great time tomorrow."

Tickets will be sold throughout the day by Wausau Events.

With StormTrack 9 meteorologists forecasting temperatures in the teens, the weather may just cooperate.

"We had our fingers crossed, so it'll be really great," said Taube. "It's good to be a little cold so it doesn't melt our ice sculptures."

And of course, there's always free hot chocolate to help warm up.

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