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Tonawanda: Winterfest 2019

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jan 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-19 19:28:08-05

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — While some people might prefer to curl up in a blanket around the fire on snowy days in Erie County, others are itching to get out of the house and frolic in the flurries. Tonawanda's 2019 Winterfest continued Saturday and featured activities both indoors and outdoors for all ages from sledding, to face painting to cornhole against superheroes.

“Seeing everybody’s excitement or seeing the kids when they light up about the dogs or Elsa or the superheroes, that’s the best part, that’s what makes all the work worthwhile," says Winterfest's Co-Chair, Nicole Fields.

Aside from fictional superheroes, Winterfest was one of the final community appearances for two everyday superheroes. Tonawanda Police Canine Officer, Brent Costello, and his German Shepherd "Tank" will be retiring at the end of the month. Costello served for the last 20 years, Tank joined him for the last 10.

"We’ve been on the road ever since, pretty much inseparable," Costello says. “Dogs do a lot of things that offices can’t do, they detect a lot of things officers can’t see or recognize when we come across it.”

Winterfest continues through Sunday with different events scheduled throughout the day.