For 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. “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.
Every natural person who provides catering services in the household, ie registered private renters and natural persons who will provide services in the household, category of accommodation facility “Holiday house”, ie future private renters, are entitled to support. The purpose of the Public Invitation is to award grants from the Budget of the Split-Dalmatia County for financing activities and projects that affect the increase in the number of accommodation capacities and raise the quality of the existing tourist offer. The Split-Dalmatia County has published a public call for applications for grants based on the Program for raising the quality of the tourist offer in the Split-Dalmatia County for 2019. Measures to achieve these goals include increasing standards, quality and additional supply, sustainable development, use of new technologies, development of special forms of tourism through co-financing of existing, registered accommodation facilities in the household, increasing the number of registered accommodation facilities in the household, type of facility – House for vacation, in the hinterland of Split-Dalmatia County. The public call is open for 30 days, ie from February 22 to March 22, 2019. Information on the Public Call and the program and all the necessary forms can be downloaded HERE.