WATERTOWN — The Snowtown USA Committee announced Wednesday that its annual celebration of winter has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The committee said in a statement that decision was made “out of an abundance of caution, particularly in response to the increasing rates of viral transmission.”
“While cancellation of our 2022 event is disappointing, we feel it is necessary to do our part to keep our community safe,” the committee said.
It marks the second consecutive year the event has been canceled because of the pandemic.
Snowtown USA has historically been an annual event in which hundreds of community members participate in a wide range of winter events and activities that center around the celebration of snow.
Following the Blizzard of ‘77, former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite coined the phrase “Snowtown USA” when reporting that a blizzard dumped some 220 inches of snow in Watertown.
A few years later, organizers used that same phrase as the name of the newly created festival.