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Cold weather doesn't dim festivities at First Night Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  The cold weather didn't stop the folks from First Night Spokane from planning a big good-bye to 2014 and a big hello to 2015. 

First Night Spokane, which is mostly indoors, consists of music, dance, theater, and magic, just to name a few of the events. 

The cold weather "doesn't really affect what we do," says Operations Manager Larry Mueller. "Yes it's cold, we still gotta push on and make sure this thing goes off without a hitch, in order to do that, we gotta just do it." 

"Honestly, nothing else affects us, says Lona Barnum, Executive Director of First Night Spokane.  "We are an all-weather event and we do it rain or shine or sleet or hail, it doesn't matter to us." 

The cold didn't stop a team from Silhouette Lights and Staging from setting up in River Front Park Wednesday. 

"Our cords are a little stiff, we have to be careful, smashing your finger is no fun when it's cold out, but it's not too bad," says stage hand Miguel Fierro. 

And, the fireworks crews thought the cold weather may even make the event more fun. 

"It really doesn't affect the fireworks, except, I believe, it makes the colors more intense," says Rich Vaughan, a pyrotechnician at Entertainment Fireworks Incorporated.  "The shells will go higher because air is less dense when it's this cold." 

And, since so many folks were able to tough it out Wednesday, they have no doubt they'll see big crowds this year. 

"We're a hardy stock here in Spokane," Barnum says.  "We like it cold."
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