MORGANTOWN \u2014 A lack of snow didn\u2019t deter the nonprofit Coopers Rock Foundation from hosting its annual Winterfest Saturday at Coopers Rock State Forest. Adam Polinski, WinterFest chairperson for Coopers Rock Foundation said Saturday was their eighth Winterfest.\r\nPolinski said besides the Toboggan Festival that happens annually at Chestnut Ridge Park there wasn\u2019t wintertime festivals that happened in the area before Winterfest.\r\n\u201cI mean what people really do in wintertime here is cross country skiing more than anything, and so we kind of wanted to build a festival around snow and outdoor winter recreation,\u201d he said.\r\nOf course the question always arose \u2014 what if there isn\u2019t any snow?\r\nPolinski said the festival would have to incorporate non-snow-dependent activities. Every year, the festival features traditional activities that require snow and things that won\u2019t, just in case.\r\n\u201cIf we have enough snow we do it all. If we don\u2019t have any snow, like today, we still have something happening,\u201d he said.\r\nThe two goals of Winterfest are to promote Coopers Rock as a year-round place to recreate, and also to serve as a fundraiser. The funds go toward improvement at the forest.\r\nActivities included the Snowball Target Range with hacky sacks and beanbags instead of snowballs, a Slingshot Paintball Biathlon short course, and disc golf. In the frigid cold, attendees could warm up next to the fire and drink hot cocoa as well.\r\n\u201cWhat the Coopers Rock Foundation can share with the public is some more of the details of what\u2019s going on, what\u2019s happening, what\u2019s gonna happen, different plans, and to hear what people have to say,\u201d he said.\r\nMoney that goes back into the state park can go toward trail work and facilities. One of the things the foundation is going to fund is an archway visitors will pass under as they drive into the forest. Polinski said it existed historically in the 1940s.\r\n\u201cThat won\u2019t change the forest itself, but it will put a really cool cover on the book,\u201d he said.\r\nAmy Metheny, a plant pathology master\u2019s student, gave winter tree ID walks Saturday to festival attendees. In wintertime, identifying trees is different, given the lack of vegetation. The bulk of things some might find in the forest is bark, buds and twigs.\r\n\u201cIn summer, obviously we would focus on things like flowers and leaves and stuff but right now that\u2019s what we have,\u201d she said.\r\nShe said she had around 15 people on her first walk Saturday. Later in the day there was another tree ID hike to the rock maze at Coopers Rock. Metheny said getting outside is good \u2014 even if it is a little chilly.\r\n\u201cGetting outside is good for you. Everybody\u2019s been stuck inside all day, all winter. And, I mean, you should try and learn stuff year round,\u201d she said.