Tahlequah opened its third annual Snowflake Winter Festival on Thursday, but uncooperative weather prevented the opening of the ice rink.
Weather forecasts indicate a chance of rain Friday, but excellent skating conditions are expected this weekend.
“To keep up with the weather and skating conditions, people can find us on Facebook and on the Internet,” said Drew Haley, director of the Tahlequah Main Street Association. “If people ‘like’ the Facebook page, they can receive notifications about the rink.”
The Facebook page is “Snowflake Winter Festival” and the site is www.snowflakewinterfest.com.
This year, the 62-foot by 120-foot Snowflake ice skating rink is adjacent to Norris Park at Morgan Street and Water Avenue. The space was selected as a better fit for the rink and to reduce foot traffic on the Norris turf.
The Snowflake rink does not have specific skating sessions this year. Hours are 5-10 p.m. on days when Tahlequah Public Schools are in session. On days when school is out, hours are 2-10 p.m.
Admission for a day of skating is $10 per day for all ages. Discounts are available for groups of 10-19, which are admitted for $9 each. Groups of 20-plus can skate for $8 each.
Snowflake patrons can receive discounts with donations of canned goods on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission is $8 with a canned food item.
Skates are provided. There is no discount on admission for those who bring their own skates.
The rink can be rented for $250 an hour each day at 8 a.m. and from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. To rent the rink, call (918) 456-0651, ext. 257.
David Moore, director of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, said the Snowflake festival also features a best window contest for downtown shops. First prize is $500.
“We asked the business owners to decorate their storefronts in keeping with the festival’s theme, ‘A Snowflake Christmas,’” Moore said. “Voting opens Friday and the public is invited to cast ballots. However, the only ballot box will be at the chamber office (at 123 E. Delaware St.). It is old-style voting - nothing digital.”
The Snowflake Winter Festival runs through New Year’s Day.
For information about upcoming downtown holiday events in Tahlequah, call Moore at (918) 456-3742, or Haley at (918) 431-1655.