The Binghamton Pond Festival is held every year at the Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks. The first year, a lot of the games had to be canceled because the warm weather kept the thickness of the ice on the lake at a safe level. But this year, the park now has a refrigerated rink that will help to keep the hockey going. Instead of just one weekend it is now three weekends long starting this weekend. There is no charge to attend the event, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per car.

Also this year, in addition to the adult hockey teams playing for a tournament championship, the American Special Hockey Association and Special Hockey Teams will also have the ability to enjoy this unique opportunity.

Get more information at the Binghamton Pond Festival website. Besides the hockey, there's live music, food, and beverages. So even if you don't play, you can still enjoy the event. All the money raised goes to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier and their Do It For Darren initiative.

I was a spectator at the first Binghamton Pond Festival and I had a blast. I'm really looking forward to checking it out again this year.

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