Snowflake Festival underway in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The 34th annual Snowflake Festival is now underway in Klamath Falls.

Mayor Carol Westfall flipped the switch to light the community tree Monday evening.  “It is a perk, and just very exciting – I look forward to it every year.”

Santa Claus arrived by fire truck, then took some time out of his busy schedule to meet with kids.

The event kids into high gear Thursday night at 7 when the Snowflake Festival parade heads down Main Street.

Mayor Westfall notes Klamath Falls has embraced the festival.  “I just think the way the community comes out in the snow, rain, sleet, and they’re out here for this festival says a lot about this community being a hearty bunch of people that enjoy a parade.”

Snowflake Festival related events will continue through the 21st.

“Enjoy the Holidays.”  Westfall greeted.  “And I hope everybody has a great season.”

The Snowflake Festival began as a way to help brighten the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It has since grown into the largest winter festival in Oregon.

You’ll find more information and a full list of events here:  www.klamathsnowflake.com

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.

He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.

“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.

When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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