The wind was still sharp but kids clad in snowsuits didn’t seem to mind as they munched hot dogs and marshmallows, watched a blacksmith at work and sled down a steep man-made hill. Two teams of horses took turns on sleigh rides, with a full load of passengers every time.
Only some of the adults knew the amount of preparation that had to be made for this event: men with big snowblowers and tractor buckets gathered on Feb. 19 to clean off the parking lots and make a track for the horses through three feet of snow. It snowed and blew again on Feb. 20, filling in those hard-won paths.
Jos Van Oostrum was one of several volunteers on the scene at seven on Feb. 21, bringing his big snowblower to repeat the earlier job. Snow clearing was done just in time for the first arrivals at 10 a.m.
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