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Warm weather proves challenge for winter festival
Chandra Lye, ctvedmonton.ca
Published Sunday, January 8, 2012 5:37PM MST
With temperatures hovering around 15 degrees above average for January, organizers of the Deep Freeze festival said they were breaking attendance records.
Festival producer, Christy Morin said 10,000 people turned out on Saturday.
"We're most certain we're going to break records," she told CTV News on Sunday.
However, the warm weather is making things difficult for those in the ice carving competition.
"The ice component is absolutely a challenge for us right now," Morin said.
"We have the ice carvers working away finishing their competition and the ice is dripping so we have a bit of a challenge."
Morin said this year's weather was in stark contrast to last year.
"We've just had to surrender to what we've been given every year," she said.
"We just have to go with the flow."
She added that the festival was adding new life to Alberta Avenue.
"It really is getting people to come down and notice the avenue and start realizing it is part of the fabric of Edmonton."
The Deep Freeze festival has 11 venues and ends on Sunday.
With files from Sean Amato