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Organizers of the Winter Blast in downtown Detroit have announced that the event will not take place in 2022 due to funding issues.

There’s hope for the future, though, as the event is going on “hiatus.”

“We are grateful for the support of the City of Detroit and all of our past sponsors and partners who have helped make this winter experience in Detroit a successful, inclusive family-oriented festival for more than a decade, but due to time constraints caused by COVID and other factors, we did not have enough time to raise the necessary funds to produce the 2022 event in Detroit,” Jon Witz, the festival’s producer, said in a statement.

He added, “Currently we are in talks with another major municipality that may be able to help fund the festival in early 2022 for southeast Michigan. We will make a formal announcement if that option comes to fruition, and if it doesn’t, we will resume fundraising efforts in the year ahead so the festival can return to Detroit in 2023.”

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