Heat wave causes problems for Wisconsin winter events

Heat wave causes problems for Wisconsin winter events

The warmer weather is putting some weekend events in jeopardy, but one Madison favorite is still scheduled to provide winter fun.

The Madison Winter Festival is prepared for whatever weather comes our way.

Director Yuriy Gorsev said they brought out snowmaking machines Wednesday morning to make sure the festival goes off without a hitch.

“We just want some snow for reserve just to make it nice and white, kind of winter looking,” Gorsev said.

The festival still plans to host many winter events, like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, along with a run.

“We will have all the events. Nothing has been canceled so far, and I don’t think we will need to cancel anything based on the amount of snow we have right now,” Gorsev said.

While the festival is staying put in the heat, one winter attraction in Wisconsin Dells is melting away.

“It’s really a sad thing. It’s too bad people can’t have this weekend to get to it because it’s sure well worth the time,” Becky Grilley said.

Grilley drove from Elroy last week with her grandchildren to visit the Dells first-ever Ice Castles.

“We had a fabulous time. There were tunnels to go through and my grandkids said, ‘Oh grandma’s too old to go through there,’ but I had to show them,” Grilley said.

Unfortunately, many other families won’t get the opportunity to experience the fun for themselves as the Ice Castles are set to close on Friday.

“What you see behind me right now is after the ravages of the warm weather. Apparently it was just absolutely gorgeous prior to this,” visitor Mark Vollmers said.

Even though they were short-lived, visitors, like Grilley, are already looking forward to the Ice Castles’ return next winter, with hopes it will stay cool a little longer.

“It would be well worth putting it on your ticket for next year to come back if it’s here,” Grilley said.

The Ice Castles will still be up Thursday from 5-9 p.m.

Madison’s Winter Festival will run on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will continue into Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A complete list of events can be found on their website.