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Bockfest organizers burn snowman to ward off winter


Bockfest organizers are doing their part to drive away winter and bring on the springtime weather.

The tradition of burning a snowman in effigy began four years ago. In 2008, Bockfest Beer Festival was almost entirely shut down as a result of the largest snowfall in 20 years.

In 2009, organizers decided to 'get even' by creating a paper snowman and setting it on fire in Over-the-Rhine. According to participants, Mother Nature was put on notice that night and  provided them with a beautiful Bockfest weekend.

On Friday, the tradition was carried on another year, and organizers expect the weather to be wonderful.

The 21st annual Bockfest Beer Festival is scheduled for March 1-3. 

For more information about the festival, visit their website.

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