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Despite storm, lakeshore winter events continue

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- It will be a busy weekend on the lakeshore, where some hardy souls will be celebrating winter and embracing the cold.

Friday's storm created extra work for those who live on the lakeshore, and the opportunity to play in the cold. The storm is helping two event live up to their names.

In Grand Haven that means at Winterfest it will feel like winter. Organizers say their tent is the size of a football field and it will be ready for the luau. "The heaters show up today and we will have this all battened down. We get this every other year. we make it look like that and it will be 80 degrees in here on Saturday night," said organizer Kevin Galbavie. 

Winterfest's Party in your 'parka' starts Saturday at noon and there will also be the popular cardboard sled races.

Events start at 9:30 a.m. with the Family Dog Pull at Mulligan's Hollow
It will be followed by Cardboard Sled Races at 11 a.m. Then people of
all ages can take part in a snow angel contest at 2:30 p.m. along the Y drive.

The 21-years-and older crowd can then warm up in a heated tent for the Winterfest Luau Extravaganza starting at 7 p.m.

There will be conga lines, palm trees, tropical beverages, beer and live music.

Here's a full list of Grand Haven Winterfest events.

At the Winter Sports Park in North Muskegon, the weather couldn't be better. At about the same time last year, the park was in desperate need of snow; now there are piles of it everywhere.

Snow from Cannonsburg helped save the party last year. No need for help this year. "This is Michigan snow and you can not ask for better. This is what we love," said Erin Cook.

A weekend event at the Winter Sports Park includes Michigan products, Michigan beers, and winter sports. "We do not stop for cold weather, we take it," said Cook.

And on frozen lakes around Muskegon County, anglers will be going after big fish and prizes in the annual Perch Festival. Weigh in is at the VFW Post in Montague.

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