Although Sunday afternoon's wind chills dipped well below zero and temperatures barely reached the low 20s, hundreds of Western New Yorkers bundled up and braved the blustery winds for the annual Olmsted Winterfest in Buffalo.
"We love this," said Diana Moore of Tonawanda, who brought her children, Matthew, 9, and Kaitlin, 6, to sled on Shakespeare Hill and skate on Hoyt Lake. "If you live in Buffalo, you learn to love and accept the weather no matter what."
Ice sculpting, the Erie County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team and the Hunter Kelly Children's Tent were among the most popular outdoor attractions, but Sunday was standing-room-only in Marcy Casino as people flocked to warm their hands and toes while sampling hot soups from area restaurants.
"This is our third trip in here and my third bowl of Manhattan chowder," said Brian Jones of Buffalo. Jones and his family alternated between sledding and the soup room all afternoon.
"It keeps you from freezing to death," he said.
Also included in Sunday's lineup were tours of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, exhibits at the Buffalo Zoo and the Buffalo Museum of Science, snowmobile rides, model airplane and winter sports demonstrations and horse-drawn hayrides.
Festivalgoers also had the opportunity to visit Burchfield-Penney Art Center, the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and Albright-Knox Art Gallery to view permanent exhibits.
The Olmsted Winterfest continues today, from noon to 4 p.m., with the majority of events happening under the Hunter Kelly children's activities tent.
Face-painting, balloon sculptures and fire-prevention classes with Sparky the Dog will be held in the upper-level arts and crafts room. Children can make marshmallow snowmen, icicle zipper pulls and watercolor snowflakes, as well as learn cookie decorating and how to pot a plant in the midlevel arts and crafts room.
In the Terrace Tent, the Enchanted Puppet Theatre will perform from noon to 1 p.m. and the Buffalo & Brandy Show, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and from 2:15 to 3 p.m.
The Woodgate School of Irish Dance will perform from 3:15 to 4 p.m.
Skating on Hoyt Lake, sledding on Shakespeare Hill and interactive inflatable rides will be available all day.