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La Crosse’s Winter Rec-Fest is cancelled for 2020



Winter Rec-Fest in La Crosse is taking a break. 

The city park department says the traditional January festival of indoor and outdoor activities will not be held in 2020. 

Special events coordinator Abby Heilman says staffers want to take time to consider what should be part of Rec-Fest in the future, “to kind of revamp and kind of explore some change that could possibly be applied to it.”

Heilman says dealing with unpredictable weather in late January was the biggest factor in deciding to put Rec-Fest on hold for a year. 

She tells us they will still put on a figure skating exhibition at Green Island, and curling lessons, along with some family sledding nights this winter.   

There won’t be a euchre and sheepshead tournament, though.

Last winter, there was a lack of snow in La Crosse just days before the outdoor events were to take place.

Heilman says the length of Rec-Fest in the future probably will remain the same as before, spread out over a two-week period.

Winter Rec-Fest was held for the 33rd time in January 2019.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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