Snow Or No, Winterfest Is A Go!

February 7, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 7, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The weekend of the 3rd Annual Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival should look like a winter wonderland, but this year things are looking a bit different.

"To tell the rest of the country that Buffalo is struggling getting snow for Winterfest would be a strange thing," Winterfest organizer Drew Cerza said.

Organizers have come up with some pretty exciting new ways to make this huge Buffalo event work, snow or no snow.

"Winterfest is not just about the snow, it's about the spirit. We're going to have some great outdoor activities. We've got ice skating, a petting zoo, ice and wood carving demonstrations, we have KanJam set up and we have SPCA with their Whisker Wagon. We're going to have a snowman building contest." Cerza said.

Many would ask how could you build a snowman with no snow?

"It's going to be scarecrows that are winterized - so it will be the first ever "snow crow" contest," Cerza said.

Although some activities have to be modified because of the lack of snow, they are making snow for one very special event.

"Our signature event is the Red Buttercup Snow Boarding Exhibition, right in front of City Hall," Cerza said.

There will also be entertainment and food in Statler City, if people want to go inside and warm up. Although the lack of snow is a big change, the location of the festival has also been moved to Niagara Square.

"Niagara Square has always been the epicenter to downtown Buffalo," Cerza said.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown agrees.

"Snow or no snow, we are going to transform Niagara Square into a winter wonderland," Mayor Brown said.

The festival will kicks-off with a special event on Friday at Statler City. Then, the excitement will head outside for the Winterfest Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m and Sunday 11 a.m to 7 p.m.

The event runs along with the Buffalo Auto Show, which will be staged inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.