Anyone can play hockey at the Binghamton Pond Festival. Teams of all ages and abilities are invited to register to participate in the festival, which will take place over three weekends starting January 11th at the beautiful Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks
Each hockey weekend is open to the public to attend, and will feature plenty of non-hockey events, including live music, and a variety of other wintertime fun and games.
Binghamton Pond Fest Founder and Producer Tytus Haller said, “The hockey community is a very diverse group that is rooted in all kinds of ways in our local community, and is very supportive of good causes and events. All of the money we donate stays here in the Binghamton area and I think it’s great to see conversations and openness that help to remove some of the stigmas associated with various mental health challenges that we all battle at different times in our lives. I’ve had a great deal of support and help from the staff at Chenango Valley State Park and their Friends of the Park group in making the event a success and fun.”
Adult teams will play for fun and a tournament championship, kids will be able to experience the beauty of outdoor hockey, and the entire community is invited to take part in the winter fun.
While the majority of events will take place at Chenango Valley State Park, this year the Pond Festival’s parent organization, Broome Winterworks Inc., will feature a special event in downtown Binghamton. The Binghamton Ice Fest and Chili Competition will take place on Court St. on Saturday, January 19th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm featuring ice sculptures from the Ice Farm and a chili competition featuring chilis prepared by more than a dozen local businesses and organizations.
In its first three years, Binghamton Pond Festival has donated over $23,000 to local nonprofits, with nearly $20,000 going to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) and their Do It For Darren (DIFD) initiatives for youth suicide prevention and youth mental health awareness. As the festival continues to grow, organizers anticipate being able to donate even more.