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Annual 'Winter Fest' brings thousands to Lake Altoona

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Thousands were out on Lake Altoona this past weekend to enjoy some ice bowling, races, ice fishing, music and much more. That's because Altoona's Winter Fest and Games was back at it again.

A number of local organizations, like the Altoona Lions Club and the Memorial Bowling Team, worked together to make the annual winter party come to life. This year, organizers were going for a bigger and better celebration than ever before.

"So, this year we decided to kick it up a notch, not only using local and regional bands, but we're bringing in even bigger national headliners than they ever have before," said Paul Wilkes, co-director of Winter Fest. "So, we are bringing in national country music act, Parmalee. It's really a big change as far as how big the music is."

Organizers estimate more that 6,000 guests have come out so far, and they hope to continue that growth with a goal of 10,000 next year.

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