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Editorial: Come one, come all to Winterfest

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It will be partly cloudy on Saturday with a high of 30, one Worthington weather forecast predicted Wednesday afternoon.

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It sounds like a glorious day for Worthington’s annual Winterfest celebration.

Actually, Winterfest — as noted in the story in today’s edition — kicks off Friday with festivities at the Hickory Lodge. Saturday brings plenty of outdoor fare, including an ice fishing tournament, two-mile walk and run, a pond hockey tourney and, of course, the Deep Freeze Dip.

Over the past few years, there has been no shortage of effort to grow this community’s newest seasonal celebration. While summer brings the annual Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival and the onset of fall King Turkey Day, what’s better than some type of local festivities embracing winter’s chill? After all, winter is probably the longest season we have — why not organize a little fun around it?

From additional promotion of a medallion hunt to adding a chili cookoff this year — as well as the pond hockey in 2013 — Winterfest is a work in progress that’s already taking many steps in the right direction. We encourage the public to take a few steps outside this weekend to celebrate. After all, there won’t be “polar vortex” conditions in place again ... at least not yet.

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