“It just feels more Winterfest-y,” said Kevin Galbavi, president of the organization that stages the annual event. “It’s great. We asked for it and we got it, and now we’re moving it all.”
Winterfest 2013 kicked off Thursday night with the Glow Bowl at Mulligan's Hollow. It continues tonight through Sunday.
Until the lake-effect machine turned on this week, Galbavi said he was concerned about the lack of snow so far this winter and how it might impact Winterfest. Earlier this month, he “marched in protest” at the Municipal Marina parking lot for more seasonal weather.
"We want seasonal justice," he said, joking. "We just want what’s fair — enough snow for everyone to share and enjoy. That’s not greedy.”
Galbavi said Winterfest organizers try to do their best to manage staging the events whether there's weather or not.
“We work really hard to not have to worry about it,” he said. “I don’t even pay attention to the weather, because it doesn’t make a difference for what I do.”
Galbavi noted that in previous years, when Old Man Winter doesn’t produce enough snow for the outdoor events, it is trucked in and conditions are made suitable.
“I always hope for the best, but plan for the worst,” he said.