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Helmut Schmidt, Published December 30 2010

Storm threat puts kibosh on Snow Bash

A New Year’s Eve event for Fargo’s public and private high school students has been canceled due to severe weather forecast for the next couple of days.

“Fargo Snow Bash 2010,” originally scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday at Edgewood Golf Course, will be put off until next year, South High school resource officer and event planner Chris Potter said Wednesday.

With snow and high winds expected to create near blizzard-like conditions, travel to and from the event could be hazardous, and outdoor activities would be unpleasant or unsafe.

“The bottom line is, the kids’ safety is our No. 1 concern,” Potter said. And holding the event “would be foolish on our part.”

“An outdoor event, with 35 mph winds blowing – not sure it would be fun,” Potter said. “Good weather is not in the cards for New Year’s Eve.”

If there’s a plus, it’s that there is a blueprint in place to bring the event together for next year, he said.

The free event was planned for students in grades 9-12 from South, North, Davies, Woodrow Wilson, Shanley and Oak Grove high schools as a safe way to celebrate the New Year.

The alcohol- and drug-free event was to include sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as outdoor activities. Indoor activities, food and door prizes were also planned.

Potter said about 3,600 students are enrolled in those grades in Fargo, but planners expected far fewer to attend, perhaps several hundred, due to vacations and other plans.

Information on the event can be found on the Fargo School District website at www.fargo.k12.nd.us and on the Fargo Snow Bash 2010 Facebook page.

The Fargo Police Department and South High Parent Teacher Student Association planned the event with support from the School District, Potter said.

All donors will be contacted and merchandise and cash will be returned or kept in an account to be used for next year’s Snow Bash, depending on their wishes, he said. Some donors have already said the group can keep the donations, he said.

Purchases for the event were minimal, such as bottled water, he said.

“Nobody is going to be left hanging with a bill,” Potter said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583