Binghamton Pond Festival ready for thousands to attend

first_imgFor father and son, Seth and Evan Turner, they traveled all the way from Texas, to hit the ice. TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — Hockey lovers are flocking to the Southern Tier for three weeks to play at Pond Fest. “It’s something about playing hockey outdoors, we don’t have the benefit of in Dallas. The kids want to experience that, so that’s probably a big reason why we just want to continue to come back here,” said Seth Turner. This year, more than 150 teams are participating in the event and organizers estimate about 10,000 people are expected to attend. It’s being held on North America’s largest refrigerated outdoor ice sheet. The event kicks off Jan. 11, with youth tournaments throughout the first weekend. Officials say, Pond Fest will be a chance for the community to get outdoors.center_img “In the winter, we don’t have a lot of opportunities to come together. This is a place where you’re going to have thousands of people on the weekends, enjoying each others company, enjoying the fun, the outdoors, being healthy. That’s what I hope to see, a family-style event drawing people from far and wide,” said New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “When this first started out, we were just trying to put a couple local teams together, have a fun weekend. Over the last five years, it’s been a complete evolution to what we have now,” said Tytus Haller, founder of Pond Fest. On Jan. 25, a special event will be held with fireworks, trail runs, snowshoeing, and of course, hockey. For more information on the event, head over to their website.last_img

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