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Hitting the ice at Edmonton's Silver Skate Festival

Farah Dhalla, reporter
February 25, 2013 — The Silver Skate is Edmonton's longest running winter festival.

The Silver Skate Festival attracts more than 45,000 visitors each year
The Silver Skate Festival attracts more than 45,000 visitors each year

Edmontonians flock to Hawrelak Park each year for the Silver Skate Festival. 

The 9-day event -- which ended on February 24 -- is entering its 23rd year. It typically attracts over 45 thousand people, many of them eager to hit the ice.

"[For] the people that come down here, it’s absolutely incredible and exciting," says festival producer Erin DiLoreto.

"They are ready to come out and try everything Canadian. There are figure skating demonstrations, there’s some speed skating races. There are horse and carriage sleigh rides. We have an aboriginal village. There’s just a little bit of something for everyone."

This year the event featured Frisbee Rob, who set a new world record for throwing and catching a Frisbee while skating.

"I was really looking to showcase disc sports. Skating and throwing a Frisbee and catching it to me is sort of the ultimate game to play,” he says.

The Silver Skate Festival is one of 30 annual celebrations that take place each year in Edmonton.

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