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Rec-Fest Family Fun Night temporarily canceled

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Friday night would have been the 27th annual Winter Rec-Fest Family Fun Night.

Families could have participated in the Torchlight Ski/Hike, Snow Shoe Trails or taken a ride down the sled hill.

But, lack of snow put the skids on all Ref-Fest snow events

The La Crosse Parks and Recreation department has canceled Family Fun Night a handful of times in Rec-Fest's 27 years. Sometimes it's because wind-chill is in the negative double digits, other times, because there's less than a foot of snow on the ground, said Jay Odegaard, Parks & Recreation Department supervisor.

Friday Odegaard and staff from the Parks and Rec Department loaded tables for Saturday's Euchre and Sheepshead Tournament.

As they piled each table, they stood on the hill at Forest Hills Golf Course that would have been the main attraction for Family Fun Night.

"We'd be putting out tiki torches and grooming the ski/hike trail and kind of preparing this area usually 800 to 1,000 people," Odegaard said.

Odegaard said a little white power is not enough coating to support that many people. Even one-and-a-half to two feet of snow wipes away and becomes grass by the end of the sledding event.

The Department has to keep in mind, the sledding hill is on a golf course and they cannot ruin the turf for the coming season, Odegaard added.

"We can't do what we can't do," he said. "When mother nature provides us with some snow then we're gonna come out and try to get as many people out, and we'll really try to do the best we can to get as many people out here and enjoy the day.

Eventually the skiing, snow shoe, sledding and firework event will be rescheduled. But when that is, only Mother Nature will tell.

The Parks Department said when they do reschedule Family Fun Night they'll let the public know a week in advance to plan accordingly.

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