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Awassa Trails Candlelight event draws large crowd

February 28, 2020

St. Germain’s Non-Motorized Trails Committee hosted the 4th annual Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe & Fatbike event at Awassa Trails on Feb. 15. The event drew a crowd of over 240 people who were treated to a 1.4 mile loop illuminated with nearly 500 ice luminaries. After completing the loop, attendees could warm up by the picturesque bonfire in the pines, with hot chocolate, s’mores and cookies.

Committee chairperson Anne Small said this event is one of her favorites. 

“We have such a dedicated group of committee members, and also some great volunteers from the community, who put in a lot of hours to get prepared for this event,” Small said. “Our trail groomer, Jimmy Vogel, is the main force behind the luminary production and is key to keeping our trails in great shape for the skiers, snowshoers and fatbikers all winter long. He is always coming up with new innovative ways to do things for our trails and for this event.”

Coordinators are pleased to see the positive response for this event. 

“Attendance has grown every year and people of all ages really enjoy the magical feel of the illuminated trail through the beautiful forest at Awassa,” Small said.

The Awassa Trails were opened to the public in 1995, when the property was owned by Wisconsin Public Service. The property was then purchased by the town of St Germain through a Knowles Nelson Stewardship grant in 2014. It is one of three, non-motorized trail systems owned and maintained by the town of St Germain. The Non-Motorized Trail Committee is working on other trail projects, including the addition of mountain bike trails at the Fern Ridge Trail property off of Highway 155.

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