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No Winterfest & Powderkeg Festival This Year

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Buffalo: No Winterfest & Powderkeg Festival This Year
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Winter is here, but a festival celebrating Buffalo's notorious weather is going on hiatus for a year.

''We didn't just want to do a festival this year for the sake of doing it," Winterfest Organizer, Drew Cerza told YNN.

But organizers decided to table the Winterfest & Powderkeg Festival this year despite the current subfreezing temperatures.

"We just felt it was better off to wait a year and move it to the location where we want it to be in the future."

The festival's new home for 2014 is expected be moved to Buffalo's waterfront.
Other fun activities, the food and the drinks are planned to be hosted inside the First Niagara Center.

"The weather's inevitable to we might as well embrace it and have fun with it," Liberty Hound Owner, Jayson Davidson said.

Organizers hope the move will to draw thousands to Canalside.

"We'll miss it this year, but we'll look forward to it next year," Davidson continued."

He also hopes the event's new location will attract new customers to the Liberty Hound, which is open during the winter months only for Canalside and First Niagara Center special events and Sabres games.

""Bringing it down to Canalside would be a great move," he said.

"I think it could have en economic impact in a time of the year when we don't really have much," Cerza explained.

The event has had to change locations in the past. In 2011 it was on Seneca Street.
Last year it was held around Niagara Square and inside the Statler.

"I think a Winterfest really creates a lot of civic pride more than anything else. You know we're proud of it, we embrace it, we wear it like a badge of honor," Cerza said.

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