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Hundreds Celebrate Winterfest 2013

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Sunday's warmer temperatures had hundreds of families packing the hills at Chestnut Ridge Park for Winterfest.

Last winter's lack of snow led to poor attendance at last year's festival, and officials were thrilled with the rebound this year.

The free, family-friendly event featured sledding, snow bowling, marshmallow roasting, tobogganing and other activities for kids and adults.

"A lot of smiles today," said the Erie County Parks and Recreation Commissioner Troy Schinzel. "A lot of people probably hunkered down all week, too cold to take the kids to Chestnut Ridge, or do any activity outside all week long. You get a little sun and twenty-some degrees, which feels like forty. We just socked it in today. We had a great day."

The Orchard Park festival was so busy, the parking lot was closed for a short time because all spots were filled. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP