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Edmonton kicks off annual Silver Skate Festival

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Sunday, February 16, 2014, 8:54 PM -

Mother Nature finally brought Edmonton some nice weather, and just in time for the annual Silver Skate Festival happening at the William Hawrelak Park until February 23. 

"Silver Skate is a blend of arts, culture, recreation, and sport, so we've got a little bit of something for everyone," said Silver Skate Festival producer Erin DiLoreto. "We've got live music, we've got horse drawn sleigh rides, we have the opportunity to try kick boarding, snow shoeing, cross countering skiing for free." 

Entering its 24th year, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in the City of Edmonton. 

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Things were a little different this year, however. Since the pond in Hawrelak Park was closed in preparation for the International Triathlon Union, the City created an 8000 sq ft. rink in the South East Corner of the park instead. 

But visitors weren't letting a minor switch-up get in the way of all the fun. 

"I had never been skating outside on an outdoor rink before so I thought that was a really cool experience," said one visitor. 

Over 60,000 people enjoyed the Festival in 2013 and the Silver Skate Festival has become the premier winter festival in the greater Edmonton area. 

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