The Watertown Fairgrounds was the place to be on Saturday as families experienced a day of play for Snowtown USA.
“This is our second weekend and today is Kid’s Day. We have various displays and demonstrations, ice skating, and face painting,” David Daily, director of Snowtown USA, said.
Outside, a “touch-a-truck” activity allowed kids to experience an ice surfacing machine, also known as a Zamboni, a fire truck and public works vehicles. Representatives from the New York State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were on hand with a K-9 police dog demonstration. WPBS had a bowling activity. Hot stew was available for attendees to warm up while enjoying the outdoor activities. Inside the arena, where the ice skating took place, face painting was offered and the concession stand was open.
Several artists entered the snow sculpting competition, which was in full swing near the Kid’s Day activities on Saturday. Snowtown USA was the designation for state artists for the snow sculpting competition this year.
“The teams submit their artwork pre-competition so we can see it and review the description and they build a 3-D mold before creating their snow sculpture,” Jaime Benner-Clemons, board member of Snowtown USA, said. “The rules and regulations are very specific. Judging is also very specific with certain criteria. Part of the scoring is how close the sculpture is to the original idea.”
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