First night of Pond Fest a big success

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TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — The cold weather arrived just in time for this year’s Pond Fest.

“This has worked out great for us actually. With the refrigeration equipment we have, we’re able to maintain ice in 50 degree weather, sun no problem now which is great, but from the ease of building up ice, making what you see behind me, this cold freeze, this cold snap has been awesome,” said Tytus Haller, the event’s organizer.

The Fourth Annual Binghamton Pond Fest started Friday with a Try Hockey event, which allowed children of all ages to come to Chenango Valley State Park and learn how to ice skate and play hockey for free.

Haller said he’s amazed by the festival’s growth in such a short time.

“It’s been crazy. This whole thing started as a two-day event that we were hoping maybe we’d have 20 teams at,” Haller said. “We’ve had 40 teams here for the adults each of the first three years, we have 44 this year. We’ve had to turn aside over 20 teams just because we can’t take them right now.”

The event is a two-weekend long celebration of all of the outdoor winter activities available in our area. For a complete list of the events, visit the Pond Fest website.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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