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Organization trying to save Hartford's Winterfest

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With a $48.5 million deficit, Hartford is looking for ways to save money.

Canceling this year's fireworks show at Riverfest was part of the city's cost-saving measures, and now Winterfest is in jeopardy of being put on ice as well.

"We’ve had to make some difficult decisions in this tough budget year and had to cut back on a lot of things,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

An organization called iQuilt is hoping to save it and has already raised thousands of dollars, but they need more.

"So far we have about $136,000, about 69 percent there, and we are hoping within the next eight days we can bring in the rest of it, at least to get to $200,000,” said Jackie Mandyck, of iQuilt.

Mandyck said the event draws people from all over, during its two-month run, and provides a much needed economic boost to local venues, something they would hate to lose. 

"While people are down here they are enjoying other things such as riding the carousel in Bushnell Park, they will go to some of our fine restaurants downtown,” Mandyck said.

"We come every year that they have it, at least once or twice in the month so it would be sad if they didn't do it anyone,” Tearia Thompson said.

Residents said it would be a shame if it ended.

"I’d like to see it continue and I hope that we as a city can come together see how to keep it going,” Tekowua Omaraotnnu said.

They have until Sept. 1 to raise $75,000, if they don't, Winterfest will be canceled.

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