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UPDATE: West End Winter Wonderland event in Ishpeming canceled

The annual event was scheduled for this Saturday, but warmer weather and rain has melted snow at Al Quaal Recreation Area.
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 5:52 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2021 at 4:45 PM EST
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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - Due to the drastic melt in snow pack and rain, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is canceling the West End Winter Wonderland originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 13 at Al Quaal Recreation Area.

Rain and melting snow has flooded the bottom of the sledding hill behind Birchview School and several bare patches of ground are starting to show through the snow pack across the Al Quaal venue.

“We were really looking forward to this event and trying to squeak it in before the end of winter,” said Bob Hendrickson, executive director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. “It looks like Mother Nature had other plans.”

Sledding, snowshoeing and snow sculpting were the activities planned for the fifth annual event and the rapidly melting snow and rain made most of these activities impossible or of poor quality.

The GINCC will plan a make-up event in April.

ORIGINAL STORY: The annual West End Winter Wonderland event will take place at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming on Saturday, March 13th from 1p.m. to 4p.m.

Participants must pre-register and purchase their tickets online. Tickets are $5 per person and $15 per family.

Prizes will be available for the sled-designing, snowshoeing, and sculpture building events.

The Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber Of Commerce plans on having a small event, with mainly Marquette County residents.

“We’re looking forward to having this,” says Bob Hendrickson, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “It’s been a long time since we’ve organized an event, and we’re feeling that being outdoors and using the protocols that we’ve all come to be accustomed with, it’ll be something that will be enjoyable.”

Families in attendance are asked to follow all COVID-19 guidelines, by bringing their own winter equipment, wearing masks, and social distancing.

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