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Rotary WinterFest celebrates the season

Seeley said the swim is a good formula for an event of this nature. It not only draws people to the village, but keeps them downtown to check out all the merchants have to offer.

Essentially, the day is for residents and out-of-towners to venture away from home and enjoy the village.

"It's not just our community. There are so many out of town people. They're enjoying what we enjoy," said Patti Callahan, who is running for mayor in the upcoming village election.

Local resident Marty Weitzel said he thought the event was much larger this year than two years ago, the last time he ventured into the downtown district for Winterfest. It was a toss up what his favorite part of the event was - the ice sculptures or seeing the locals out after being cooped up for the first few months of winter.

Mayor Bob Green said the annual event has grown a lot more in recent years and agreed those running Winterfest did "a great job this year."

New this year was the Skaneateles Ice Walk, which was an exhibit of more than 20 ice sculptures created by Stan Kolonko of The Ice Farm in Auburn. Last year, Kolonko created just a couple sculptures for Winterfest - one at Creekside Books and Coffee on Fennell Street and another live demonstration in front of Joe's Pasta Garage on Jordan Street.

Overall, the feeling throughout the community was a joyful one.

"I think they've [Sunrise Rotary] done an excellent job," Callahan said.

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