- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A sign of how little snow has fallen this winter: At the annual Oregon WinterFest this weekend in Bend’s Old Mill District, there won’t be any ski or snowboard competitions.

In previous years, event organizers have trucked in hundreds of cubic yards of snow from Mount Bachelor to lay down a base for the events.

This year, the Bulletin newspaper (https://bit.ly/1FHDGPi) reports that the organizers have announced that given the sorry state of the snowpack and the moderate amount of snow in the forecast, it’s not possible to hold the competitions responsibly.

The three-day celebration begins Friday and features ice carving, music and the crowning of a Fire King and an Ice Queen.

Substituting in the schedule for snow events are more music and motocross.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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