Greensboro, NC -- WFMY News 2 Winterfest is returning to Downtown Greensboro for a third season with an expanded ice rink, 100 foot ice slide and decorative light bridge for the public to enjoy.
The Grand Opening will be held Wednesday evening, November 14 at 6 p.m. Grand Opening celebrations will include special guest appearances by the Carolina Hurricanes mascot, Stormy and the Storm Squad, skating with "Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy" skaters, Greensboro Ballet dancers from "The Nutcracker", 4 tons of snow for free public sledding and outdoor ice skating in Price Bryan Performance Place at Festival Park.
This year's ice rink will be expanded in length from 77 to 85 feet for a total dimension of 65x85 ft. Last year's rink was 65x77 ft. The 100 foot ice slide will have a 7x20 foot slope and a total length of 100 feet. The slide will run parallel to the ice rink. WFMY News 2 Winterfest will provide plastic rental saucer sleds with the price of admission. A decorative light bridge made of white and blue LED lights will also stretch above the width of the rink in parallel light strands, creating a romantic atmosphere of skating under warm holiday lights. Raleigh snow making company, Snow My Yard, will use an ice chipper and hose to blow four tons of snow on the Festival Park hillside for sledders to enjoy during the November 14 Grand Opening. Kids and adults are encouraged to bring their own sled to try out the snow slide free of charge.
"We've seen the momentum for this event just grow and grow," said festival organizer Elijah Lovejoy, with event management company Renovo Designs, LLC. "The first year the event attracted nearly 30,000 visitors. The second year it attracted 35,000 visitors. We expect it to be even bigger this year. People are asking how they can be involved."
The WFMY News 2 Winterfest rink will be located at 200 N. Davie St. and will open on Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 4 pm. While school is in session, the rink will operate 4-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 4-10 pm on Friday, 10 am -10 pm on Saturday and 12-7 pm on Sunday. During school holidays, the rink will be open all day from 10-10 pm. Admission to the rink, including skates, will be $9 per person for 2 hours of skating. The $9 price also includes unlimited trips down the ice slide during the two hour time frame. Groups of 20 or more can skate for $7 per person on Sunday through Thursdays. Special mid-week $7 discount nights will be available and advertised on the event website. Private rink rental times are also available for parties and corporate events before or after public skating hours. The rink will close for the season on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7 pm. The full schedule and additional programming details will be posted on the event website: www.piedmontwinterfest.com
WFMY News 2 is the title sponsor of the event and has signed on as the title sponsor for the next two years. "WFMY News 2 Winterfest is the perfect place to experience the joy of the winter season," said Larry Audas, President and General Manager of WFMY News 2. Audas continues, "Beautiful Triad weather and an excellent outdoor skating rink create the perfect conditions for a memorable family outing. We're proud to support this community project and we look forward to gliding across the ice with our friends and neighbors."
The event is being led by the original partnership that includes Downtown Greensboro Incorporated, the City of Greensboro, The Greensboro Ice House and Renovo Designs, LLC.
"Downtown is the premier gathering place for our community," said Ed Wolverton, President and CEO of Downtown Greensboro Incorporated. "We are delighted to continue to bring this wintertime event that supports favorite Greensboro holiday activities in Downtown including the holiday tree in Center City Park, the Jaycees Holiday Parade, the Festival of Lights, First Fridays and holiday shopping," he said.
WFMY Guest Writer