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February 25, 2011

 

Snow brings final ingredient for Chill-A-Bration

Annual winter festival will be held Saturday

By JEREMY HOUGHTALING
Staff Reporter
jhoughtaling@cortlandstandardnews.net

While the snow wreaked havoc for most of the area this morning, it provided the final ingredient for the Cortland Chill-A-Bration Saturday.
Adam Megivern, the executive director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership, said there was already enough snow for the various events, but he was happy to see more snow fall today.
“It’s perfect, it gives us more snow to build up the events and more fresh white snow,” Megivern said this morning.
The festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Courthouse Park in Cortland.
It appears the organizers will not need to hook up snow making machines to the fire hydrants, which they received approval for from the Common Council last month.
“I was a little concerned on Friday, but it was nice to have a break from the winter weather,” Megivern said of the weather last week, which reached nearly 60 degrees with sunny skies helping to defrost most of the area.
The snow will be used toward the snow maze and 8-foot-tall blocks of snow that are destined to be turned into works of art by SUNY Cortland college students and other community members.
Mother Nature will also provide a helping hand for a downhill slope for skiers and snowboarders, who will have a judged competition in the early afternoon.
Megivern said members of local fraternities and sororities will help with the polar bear dunk tank, with the proceeds going to charities.
A mainstay of the event, which does not need snow, is the chili cookoff.
Winners will be named for the best traditional and non-traditional chili, as well as an award for the people’s choice.
The cookoff is sponsored by the Cortland Downtown Partnership, the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce, the Cortland Regional Sports Council and the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau
For the first time, the Cortland Beer Company will be the featured craft beer company, and will have its latest brews available in the craft beer tent.
Megivern said last years’ event was the best attended so far — reaching over a thousand people — and hopes to see even more people this year, to give downtown businesses a spike in customers in the afternoon hours.
“It’s doing its intended purpose of bringing more people downtown and getting people out of their houses in the winter months,” Megivern said.

 

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