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Pond Hockey coming to State Park

While most hockey games happen indoors in heated arenas, the sport was invented and meant to play outdoors. Pond Hockey is still wildly popular around the country and in Canada and is making an appearance in Broome County.

February 20th and 21st marks the First Annual Binghamton Pond Hockey and Winter Festival at Chenango Valley State Park. Tournament play will run all day Saturday and Sunday with other activities for those that aren't a part of the 40 teams registered.

"Winter is kind of a negative time around here, a lot of people stay shut in and whatnot," said Tytus Haller, event organizer. "So it'd be nice to give them something to look forward to, come out, just have some fun and enjoy themselves."

"When you invent the wheel the first time, you don't have to keep reinventing it," said Mike Boyle, Park Manager, Chenango Valley State Park. "So it's nice that from here on out we'll work out the kinks and year after year after year hopefully we're going to keep this going with mother nature's help and we'll just make it better and better, bigger and bigger as it goes."

Aside from the pond hockey, the festival will feature nature walks, horse drawn carriage rides, plenty of food and drink and much, much more.

Proceeds for the event will go to the Do It For Daron program (DIFD) and the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.

For more information visit www.bingpondfest.com.