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Helmut Schmidt, Published December 17 2011

Snow Bash party planned for Fargo youth

FARGO – Last year’s Fargo Snow Bash was canceled, ironically, by a blizzard.

But the 2011 version is planned to light up New Year’s Eve for Fargo high school students, even if a lack of snow turns it into something more of a grass bash, organizers say.

The drug- and alcohol-free event will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. downtown at Dike West and the Family YMCA, said Chris Potter, school resource officer for South High School and one of the event organizers.

“We want to make this event as appealing as we can,” Potter said.

It will be free and open to students in grades 9-12 from the city’s public and private high schools, including South, North, Davies, Woodrow Wilson, Oak Grove and Shanley, Potter said.

The event will include sledding and snowboarding, a bonfire, swimming, open gym, a game area, a video dance and door prizes, Potter said. There will also be pizza and beverages.

Being able to use the YMCA should make the event less weather-dependent, he said.

“Last year was a bit disappointing,” he said. But last year’s blizzard would have made getting to and from the Edgewood Chalet location dangerous. “It was all about safety.”

Potter said that there are five dates that are particularly dangerous for teen drivers: homecoming, prom, graduation day, the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, Prom and graduation have parent- and community-sponsored events. Adding New Year’s Eve just made sense, he said.

“It’s one more piece of the puzzle in trying to keep them safe,” Potter said.

The Parent Teacher Student Association at South is coordinating the event with the other school PTSAs. It is also sponsored by Fargo Public Schools, Fargo Police, the Park District and YMCA.

Donations are still being accepted. New prize goods or checks should be marked for Snow Bash and dropped off at or mailed to: South High, 1840 15th Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58103.

The event needs another 22 to 25 parent chaperones, Potter said. People interested in volunteering should email him at potterc@fargo.k12.nd.us.

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