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Outdoor winter fun in downtown Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Call it Madison's version of the Winter Olympics. The city's 7th annual Winter Festival kicked off Saturday morning.

The Capitol Square is covered in snow, most of it hauled in by the truckload, for the family-oriented outdoor recreational event.

Spectators can watch professional snowboarders and skiers compete, and then have the opportunity to take part in activities of their own, things like sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

"It's really neat to have all the races to see people in their winter gear to enjoy the weather and enjoy their communities," said Kiah Walker, who attended the event with her family.

It took crews around six hours to haul in all the snow and build the winter wonderland. There are street closures around the Capitol through Sunday evening.

The Madison Winter Festival continues Sunday morning with a number of events like races and a snow carving contest.

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