Weather Impacts Ice Festivals

Three popular ice festivals scheduled for this weekend

STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - The forecast calls for nice, warm weather this weekend. You may like the sound of that, but it's causing some problems for ice festivals across our region. Three of those events are happening this weekend.

Normally, Christina Matauic is an employee at Pocono Soap.  But this Saturday, she'll have a different role.

"I'll be Belle this weekend!" she laughs.

She's dressing up as the Disney character for downtown Stroudsburg's annual WinterFest.

Families can enjoy more than 30 cartoon character ice sculptures outside local businesses and live ice carving in Courthouse Square.

"It's great, it's really fun. A lot of people come out, a lot of the community members come out," Matauic adds.

But the ice sculptures may be the coldest part about this weekend, because temperatures could reach sixty degrees.

Businesses say this weekend's forecast is a catch 22. The warm weather will bring more people out for the festival, but it will also make the ice sculptures melt faster.

Barry Lynch, who organizes WinterFest, hopes the sculptures will last at least a few days.

"We're like the proverbial farmer, we're never happy! You know, last year it was too cold and this year it's too warm," Lynch chuckles.

Lynch is disappointed the sculptures won't last as long as they did last year, but he thinks the sunshine will bring good business this weekend to downtown Stroudsburg.

"I just think if it brings people out and its mission accomplished. People come to Main Street and enjoy it," he adds.

The weather's also affecting Wally Ice Fest later this month at Lake Wallenpaupack. Certain ice activities, like hockey, are canceled.

Jim Thorpe and Clarks Summit have their own ice festivals this weekend as well.


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