Lack of real snow not a problem for Zehnder's Snowfest

FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) - (01/10/19) - While Mother Nature may not be cooperating there will be plenty of snow in time for Zehnder's Snowfest.

On Wednesday the Zehnder's team started making snow in a parking lot behind the restaurant on Main Street in Frankenmuth.

"We're in the process of making our snow. We actually just started yesterday," said Snowfest Chairman John Shelton. "Have to be honest a little nervous last week with 43 degrees and rain isn't ideal to make snow. So really we need temperatures, low 20's, high teens and so we started the process yesterday. We'll run this snowgun through Sunday. That should get us enough snow for the entire program."

Shelton said when they're done making snow there will be enough for 85 blocks of snow. That's every block needed for the High School and State of Michigan Snow Sculpting Competitions, as well as the World Class Double and Single Block Snow Sculpting Championships.

Once all the snow is made it'll be moved into place around town, taking about four days.

It's the 28th year for the family focused festival in Frankenmuth.

It also features ice carvings, an entertainment tent and more. Once again the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will make a stop at the event.

And while it's always nice to get the real stuff to create the atmosphere, the men and women who craft the larger-than-life snow sculptures are okay with the man-made flakes.

"They do prefer man-made snow, because it doesn't have a lot of junk and dirt in it. Of course we have natural snow, we have to scoop it up with a frontloader so it gets a lot of garbage in there, so they kind of like it," Shelton explained.

There is someone watching this snowgun 24/7 because as the wind shifts they also have to shift this snowgun to make sure that it piles up properly.

Zehnder's Snowfest is Jan. 23-28. Click on the 'Related Link' with this story to learn more.

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