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Opening day for 22nd annual Zehender's Snowfest

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(01/23/13) - Downtown Frankenmuth is frozen over - and that's a good thing. It's opening day for the twenty-second annual Zehnder's Snowfest.

"We've been planning a long time for it. Today we're kicking off with our apple recipe contest, we have 60 contestants. The warming tent is open and we have entertainment," said Linda Kelly, Zehnder's Special Events Coordinator.

Kelly says this year's Snowfest is bigger than ever, with everything from food, live music, a petting zoo and fireworks, to snow - lots and lots of snow.

"I think the first year we had 10 snow carvings, and just a handful of ice carvings. Now we pretty much cover the whole town," she said.

New this year, a visit from the Detroit Tigers fan caravan Friday afternoon, featuring 16 Tiger players, including Prince Fielder.

"That's a really big thing for us to have them here and we think a lot of people will be out for that. They're collecting mittens for the Salvation Army. If you bring out a pair of mittens, you get a ticket for a prize drawing," Kelly said.

Back to the snow itself, though, Flint's Big Al Foster is competing in his nineteenth Snowfest. He was out working at 5 in the morning, trying to get a jump on his competitors from around the world.

"We're Flintstones. This is our home court. We don't let anyone come in our home court," he said.

Foster knows a thing or two about winning. His team took first place three years in a row, but finished second last year. This time around, it's all about redemption.

"That's the only reason I'm out here," Foster said.

Snowfest runs through Sunday in downtown Frankenmuth. For a schedule of events, click HERE

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