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Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest! 30th anniversary: The party starts next weekend

Kevin MacMillanSierra Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212;Gary Furumoto, a North Tahoe resident for 25 years, has been elected president of the 30th annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest by its board of directors.Furumoto, a principal at Sagan Design Group in Tahoe City, has served as a volunteer board member for SnowFest for more than six years.andamp;#8220;I am honored to lead this dynamic and enthusiastic board of directors,andamp;#8221; Furumoto said in a statement. andamp;#8220;Together, the visitors, locals and business community do great things for Lake Tahoe as a result of the festival.andamp;#8221;An economic impact study performed by Birchhills Enterprises found that in 2010, 25,500 people attended SnowFest! over the 10-day event, and that SnowFest! was directly responsible for injecting $3.5 million into North Lake Tahoe’s economy. More than $114,000 in proceeds went directly to nonprofits throughout the region.Next weekend, SnowFest! will celebrate 30 years of family fun at North Lake Tahoe. This year, annual favorites will be back, along with a host of great new ones. On and off the mountain, at North Tahoe’s numerous resorts and vibrant lakeside neighborhoods, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy on-snow events at resorts like Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak and Northstar-at-Tahoe.Participate in special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater; and of course, there’s plenty of wining and dining to be had at North Lake Tahoe’s fine restaurants and lively establishments.

SnowFest! 2011 will get an early start on Monday, Feb. 28, in Tahoe City, as locals gather to begin erecting this year’s SnowFest! Snow Dragon Castle.North Tahoe residents Jeremiah Johnson and Jennifer John, event organizers, are asking anyone who wants to help to gather at Syd’s Bagelry at 1 p.m. Monday, before heading over to the Heritage Plaza in Tahoe City to begin building. For more information, check out the event andamp;#8220;Ice castle construction!andamp;#8221; on Facebook.The Snow Dragon Castle kids coloring contest also is back for 2011. Color contest drawings will be available next week in the Sun and Bonanza, as well as The Weekly and on-site at Syd’s from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 5.Crayons will also be provided at Syd’s. Contest will be by age groups, and judging will take place as the Snow Dragon Castle lighting takes place. Judging is at 6 p.m.