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Winter Festival brings fun on a chilly day at Turtle River State Park

Kennedy Corey rides an inflatable sled down the sliding hill at Turtle River State Park Saturday at the annual Winter Festival. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald1 / 2
Jeff Trosen and his son, Andrew, make a "snow volcano" using a mixture of baking soda and colored vinegar at the annual Winter Festival at Turtle River State Park Saturday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

Children skidded down the big hill at Turtle River State Park on Saturday while, just yards away, kids and adults alike enjoyed a potluck lunch. Winter Festival had come, and with it, a day for families in the park.

Jacqui Bergstrom of Grand Forks was at the park with her husband Kyle, watching their two children and their friends as they attacked the sled hill. It's a low-cost way to spend the day with the family, she said.

"I'm absolutely going to go sledding, but we've got to let them play with them for a while first. Parenting or something," she joked. "We did lunch, and they're going to go sledding. I might make them go hike. I don't know if they're going to do the snowball target or not."

Erika Kolbow, naturalist with the park and an organizer for the Winter Festival, listed the day's activities: sledding, a kind of snowball target practice, pin-the-nose-on-the-snowman and "snow volcanoes"—a variant on classroom volcanoes that children contrived in a nearby snowbank.

"Winter's not something to be afraid of,' she said, as chilly air, well below zero, waited outside. "You've just got to dress for the weather, is all."

Sam Easter

Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.

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