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Annual Snirt Fest Takes Over Great Bear

March 16, 2014, 6:14 PM by Leland Steva

Annual Snirt Fest Takes Over Great Bear
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It's an annual tradition as today in the last day of Skiing at Great Bear Recreation Park.

Snirt Fest at the ski hill gives an official sendoff into spring. There were snowball fights, costume contests, skimming across the puddles that have surfaced at the bottom of the lake, and more. It costs five dollars to enter the event, will the proceeds going to the Sioux Falls Humane Society. General Manager of the park Dan Grider says even though the hill is closing, it's never quiet at Great Bear.

“We'll start getting the hill shut down, everything cleaned up. We'll start taking care of our equipment inside, and then we flip the sleigh and great ready for wedding season. We got a lot of banquets, events and reunions and picnics and all that type of stuff. We're going to get ready for spring and enjoy the outdoors just like everybody else,” Grider said.

It was the second busiest winter ever at Great Bear, as 45,000 people visited the ski hill.

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