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VILLAGE OF ELM GROVE - For those who enjoy winter fun and hobbies, this year has been quite a disappointment.

That trend will be continuing in Elm Grove as the village has officially canceled its second annual Winter Festival.

The event, which features activities such as a candy cane hunt, ice fishing derby, sledding and skating, was originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28; however, the village canceled that date with the hope of rescheduling when suitable winter conditions returned.

Last week, Elm Grove recreation director Erin Cross said the village had officially given up on hopes of rescheduling the event this winter.

“There’s no ice on the pond for skating or ice fishing and we can’t do any sledding without snow,” Cross said. “We can’t really have a Winter Festival without winter weather.”

Cross founded the event last year after residents and village officials agreed that there was a lack of fun activities available throughout the winter.

“Unfortunately we had to cancel the event. Hopefully we can have it again next year,” Cross said.

Overall, the festival does not require a great deal of funding or supplies. Candy canes for the candy cane hunt will be used for a Christmas in July event during the summer.

“What we do for the Winter Festival is fairly low- or non-budget," Cross said. "As far as things like ice fishing and sledding go, they don’t really need any funding.”

Visit the Elm Grove website for more information on upcoming village recreation events or call 262-782-6700.

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