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Editorial: Our winter weekend

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Worthington's weather forecast for Saturday calls for chilly skies with a bit of an accompanying breeze.

Better bundle up, folks. After all, we only have Winterfest once a year.

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Folks with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a host of volunteers, have been hard at work coordinating this year's festival, with a majority of the activities planned for Saturday. The highlight of the day -- as it has been for Winterfest's three previous celebrations, is almost sure to be the 3 p.m. Deep Freeze Dip, during which folks from around the region leap into Lake Okabena to raise money for a well-worthy charity. (For the second straight year, that charity is the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim program, which offers two weeks of free swimming lessons to Nobles County second-graders.)

There's more than all those crazy folks jumping, though, to take in -- and take part in. A two-mile walk and run is scheduled to begin at the YMCA at 9 a.m., and the facility is also hosting a co-ed volleyball tournament at that same time. Actually, come to think of it, you don't have to bundle up for that one.

Saturday's docket of events also includes a fishing tournament, a pond hockey tourney and the crowning of the Winterfest Queen. All in all, it should be a great day for those in this community to take pride in their town -- even if they have to put on an extra layer or two.

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