Perfect sledding weather expected for Ballston Spa winter festival
Updated 1:54 p.m.
BALLSTON SPA Thanks to last weekend’s snow, and despite some of it melting since then, the Ballston Spa Winter Fun Festival will go on as scheduled Saturday.
The event, which features sledding and tobogganing on Bath Street, was canceled last year due to lack of snow. It wasn’t certain until Thursday whether there would be enough of last weekend’s snow left, given warm weekday temperatures.
“I didn’t want to cancel it two years in a row,” said Mayor John P. Romano. “With the amount of snow we got and with help from the towns of Ballston and Milton, I think we’re in great shape.”
The main feature of the festival is always the closing of Bath Street hill between West High Street and Washington Street, so that it can be used for sledding.
The street will be closed starting around 7 a.m. today, while municipal crews prepare the hill by spreading stored snow across the street. Officially, the sledding will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, but sledding has always started as soon as the first kids got there in the morning.
“They said there might be a little snow Friday night, and then temperatures near 31 degrees,” Romano said. “Perfect weather for sledding.”
The festival was canceled in 2006, 2010 and 2012 for lack of snow. This is the 17th annual festival, according to organizers.
In addition to the daytime sledding, there will be evening activities at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge on Hamilton Street, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The indoor activities will include an “indoor snowball rumble,” children’s coloring contest and children’s crafts from 6 to 8 p.m.
Evening activities will also include music, dancing and free food.