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Silver Skate Festival 2013

This festival takes place during the long weekend in February. The Monday was named “Family Day” by a previous premier of Alberta, Don Getty, and it is a great time for festival when the winter seems like it has been around for a long time and it is good to get outdoors and enjoy the season.There are so many things to do in winter and with the family and I really like this festival. There is speed-skating and snow-showing,cross-country skiing, and all the supplies are here for free for people to try. I brought my own skies one day and went around the park-it was good to get the exercise and fresh air tinted by the smell of the smoke, horses and food.

There was a blacksmith demonstrating how he did his craft of forging, story telling  by actors in costume, dog-sledding, drumming by first nations peoples in a tipi,  hay rides, a marathon skate, a triathlon and bannock and hot chocolate and other goodies.The main feature was skating both by athletes and for all members of the family.

Hawrelak Pond

I watched the figure skating demonstrations  by a local club. That was a challenge to get action shots without people walking or skating into the line of view.

Flexible Skater

Then I went to the Story Village and met Red Riding Hood.

Red Riding Hood

Then I saw this crooked old house with chicken feet made out of snow.

Witches House

I walked around the corner and met a woman who was telling a boy that he would make a good meatball. he looked at me with big round eyes and told me what she said.We joked a bit and he stayed close to his mother at least for a while. I didn’t think to ask but wondered if she was the witch from the  Hansel and Gretel story.

The Witch

Next is the forger. This is a dying art and good to see someone taking it on. I looked through his albums and he does some good work. I was attracted to the fire with all the pinchers and things needed for the trade.

The Forger

Forging Tools

And dogs and horses follow.

Dog sleddingHay Rides

It was a popular event-about 43,000 people showed up for the fun. I will do another post tomorrow and feature a few of the snow sculptures. Have a good day!

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8 responses

  1. How fantastic!

    February 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    • It is. This is the way to enjoy winter.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  2. Wow, what a cool event. You got wonderful photos too. I love the one of the witch.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

  3. What a great event you have captured in these photos. Must have been really fun. Many delightful pictures, but my favourite is the one of the witch.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

  4. I really liked the photo of everyone skating; the lady’s witch makeup and costume were very impressive, and the snow sculpture of the house with chicken feet were very cool. Since I’m catching up by reading stuff in reverse order, I already saw that the house is associated with Russian folklore.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    • yes, that happens when I read other’s blogs-the reverse order.

      February 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  5. What a wonderful post. Your photos are very enjoyable. I love very much the photo from crooked old house made out of snow.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    • Always appreciate your comments, Mattie.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

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