Having an icy blast at Fairmount Winterfest

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Fire and ice brought dozens of families out to the fifth annual Fairmount Park Winterfest on Feb. 8. Warmed by a campfire, live music, and hot chocolate made on a wood-fired stove, Winterfest saw skaters, hockey players, tobogganers, and snow-fort builders enjoying a perfect winter day.

Ray Bernard, one of the many Ice Masters who volunteers to put on the festival and keep the park’s hockey and skating rinks in shape, said it was a far cry from the Winterfest of three years ago.

“We had no snow in the park, zero,” he said with a grin. “We came up with the truck-in-the-Zamboni snow idea, from Ted Reeve, and lo and behold we had tobogganing.”

Bernard said the Ice Masters typically sell some 500 hot dogs for $1 each, which is enough to cover most of the festival costs. Whatever money is left over goes into the rink, which is now entirely volunteer-run.



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