Messy storms hit 2014 celebration preparations
Ice sculptors worry over rain following snow
Another storm on P.E.I. is causing trouble for organizers of a major New Year's Eve celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.
The 1864 meeting launched the discussions that led to Confederation, and P.E.I. is planning a year-long celebration, starting New Year's Eve at Province House in Charlottetown, where the meetings were held.
On Sunday trucks were still trying to clear the snow that fell in the provincial capital last week. By early Monday morning rain was mixing with the snow.
Despite the snow, it looks like the celebration will go ahead.
"We're just trying to clear some snow to make sure that attendees can get down to the site," said festival organizer Penny Walsh McGuire.
"We've made preparations; we have shuttle service available for that evening."
All the snow is making work difficult for ice sculptor Peter Volagaar. He is part of a team making sculptures that line Great George Street, the path the Fathers of Confederation took from the Charlottetown waterfront to Province House.
"We'll probably wrap our ice with plastic because we're more concerned if it rains," said Volagaar on Sunday afternoon.
"Freezing rain would just make a mess of whatever we've done on the ice."
Great George Street will be lit up all the way to Province House, where an outdoor concert will keep the party going, with fireworks above.
Crews have had some success in clearing away the latest snowfall Monday morning. Organizers have put on shuttles to ease the downtown parking situation.
Party goers New Year's Eve will face another kind of extreme winter weather. Highs for the day will be only -13C.
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