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A touch of winter in Canandaigua, just in time

Finally, the weather appears to be cooperating for the Fire and Ice Winter Festival.

As snow fell throughout the morning and afternoon hours Wednesday, organizers of the event began “capturing” snow for the “Ice” portions of the event Saturday, according to Denise Chaapel, manager of the downtown BID (Business Improvement District).

The city granted permission to close down a small parking area near Main Street to allow for the accumulation of snow, which will serve as a base for several festival activities.

“It’s really filling in with snow,” Chaapel said. “Mother Nature is totally helping out.”

A host of activities are planned for the event, which starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.

On the ice side, a professional ice-carving competition is scheduled for 11 a.m.; visitors will be able to take photos with about 10 handcrafted sculptures along Main Street, including a polar bear and Olympic skiers, in honor of Bristol Mountain athletes competing in the Games in South Korea; Bristol Mountain will be making snow and its ski patrol will be on hand; and a frozen fish toss, community snow sculpting and snow angel painting are planned.

On the fire side, walk-around performances by Fire Magick begin after noon, with a show set for the Commons Stage at 3 p.m.; and the Finger Lakes Community College Woodsmen will have a team fire build competition from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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