Winterfest attracts thousands to downtown Lake Elsinore

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Workers add artificial snow to make the sled run come alive during Lake Elsinore’s Winterfest event. Valley News/Will Fritz photo
Thousands piled into downtown Lake Elsinore Saturday, Dec. 7, for the city’s Winterfest, an annual tradition featuring an “old-fashioned” Christmas parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, a snow sled run and dozens of vendors. The parade kicked off at 3 p.m., showcasing school bands, JROTC marchers, ballet folklorico performers and a team of Zumba participants. Despite forecasts of rain, the festival attendees – more than 9,000 people came, according to Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos – were met with only the occasional light drizzle. “Actually, we were very concerned about the weather, so the turnout has been fantastic considering that,” Manos said. Now more than 20 years old, the event this year featured some new
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