Indoors at last for Big Freeze
Published 12:00 pm Monday, February 17, 2014
After a big day of Big Freeze events at Edgewater Park, people took refuge downtown at the 112 on Broadway.
“Rush Hour” played music to a packed crowd beginning at 7 p.m.
Other Big Freeze events included a plunge into the frigid water of Fountain Lake, a chili cookoff, geocaching, horse-drawn wagon rides, tractor rides, disc golf, a snowshoe shuffle, a children’s carnival and various games for preschool-age children.
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Participants in several of the events were asked to bring nonperishable food for local food shelves.
The total amount raised isn’t available yet, but look for it in the Albert Lea Tribune.
Participants in the outdoors events of The Big Freeze faced a winter snowstorm Saturday. Albert Lea received 3 to 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The day started calm but as the snow fell the south wind picked up by midday to a steady 15 or 16 mph, without much for gusts. The noon temperature was 12 degrees. The high was 21 degrees — at 8 o’clock at night.
Winds calmed and snow stopped by 3 p.m.
Many of the people at the 112 on Broadway said they were glad to hear live music in downtown Albert Lea.