By ADAM DRAPCHO
CENTER HARBOR — Sandy Frost, director of the Parks and Recreation, said she and other organizers weren't sure what to expect when they held their first Skatefest last year, and were thrilled when nearly 300 people showed up for an afternoon of skating and family fun. The town's municipal departments and businesses came together to create the event, and it was a good thing there were so many people on hand to help.
"It worked out great – with the help of many hands, it works out great," Frost said.
The second annual Skatefest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 7 p.m. There's no fee to join, just bring your skates. Skating will be possible on both the town's rink, in the parking lot overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, and on the surface of the lake itself, which is in excellent skating condition as a result of the un-winter-like weather of the beginning of the week.
"The ice on the lake looks great – after the rain we just had, it looks beautiful," she said.
The event was conceived by the Center Harbor Community Development Association, a group of local businesses. Members of the association are helping to provide everything that's needed to put on the event. There will be food samplings, including soups, chili, hot cocoa and cookies, in the lakeside pavilion from 1 to 4 p.m., and from 4 to 7 p.m. hot dogs and hamburgers will be served under a tent on the town beach.
Three different skating clubs have been invited to perform demonstrations of their skills, which will begin at 2 p.m. A bonfire will be lit to add some warmth.
Frost hopes the second annual Skatefest will draw another big crowd, including Center Harbor residents, people who live in neighboring towns and visitors here for a just a short time.
"It's all about people getting together and having fun family time together," she said.
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