It was fireworks, family and fun as Snowtown USA made its official return Tuesday night.
In addition to the fireworks show, which drew hundreds of people to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, the night included parties at the Italian-American Civic Association and the Hilton Garden Inn.
Celia E. Cook, city Parks and Recreation Department program manager, said she had received a lot of positive feedback from attendants prior to the start of the six-day festival.
People are always excited for chances to go out and have some fun, she said.
The event, first held in the early 1980s, has been on a lengthy hiatus since it was last held in 1997.
At the Italian-American Civic Association, attendees heard the band TNT and saw an LED show by Fire Magick. Small children had the opportunity to get their faces painted, or have a balloon animal made.
Sitting with a group of family, Claude F. Loomis said he remembered the last time it was held, primarily the focus of activity at Public Square.
The fireworks, he said, were a good start.
Mr. Loomis and several of his family members admitted to not looking at a schedule beforehand. However, the possibility of a snow-person making contest on Wednesday sounded appealing, particularly to Mr. Loomis 14-year-old stepdaughter Courteney Moody, even though she described herself as not adventerous.
Shed paint it black, Mr. Loomis said.
Building off that idea, Courteney talked through several possible designs at the table.
Id have the most scariest snowman, she said.
Mrs. Cook said events like the festival are a way to bring people together.
People in this area really want to connect, one way or another, she said. Life gets so busy sometimes, we forget those connections. Events like this help bring it back.
The festival continues Wednesday with a snow-person making contest at 10 a.m. at the Fairgrounds, which will continue into a childrens obstacle course and kickball game. Several other events will be held through Sunday.
A full schedule of events can be found at http://wdt.me/SnowtownUSA-schedule.
Video from the kickoff can be viewed at http://wdt.me/SnowtownUSA-day1.