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Mount Vernon scales back GW birthday party

Friday - 2/14/2014, 2:40pm  ET

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) -- The heavy snowfall is forcing Mount Vernon to scale back its celebration of George Washington's birthday this weekend.

Spokeswoman Melissa Wood said the estate often exceeds 10,000 in attendance on Presidents' Day, when attendance is free. They are expecting a smaller crowd this year, in part because school systems like Fairfax County are holding classes to make up for lost snow days.

Over the weekend, a culinary competition to make George Washington's favorite meal of hoecakes -- a cornmeal-based pancake -- has been canceled. Demonstrations of 18th-century dancing that were to take place on the estate's bowling green, now covered in nearly a foot of snow, are also canceled.

Wreath-laying ceremonies, a Monday visit from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and other events will go on as scheduled.

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