Pond Hockey, Broomball, Beer, and Brats

Baby, it’s cold outside. 

And the weather couldn’t be better.  This weekend features the annual Powder Keg Festival and the Labatt Pond Hockey tournament, on the frozen shores of Lake Erie, in Buffalo, NY (at the Erie Basin Marina).

It's Shackleton cold, which means one thing: time to head to the beach.

According to Labatt Blue Associate Brand Manager Brett Carlsen, the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament has grown to one of Buffalo’s most anticipated outdoor winter events. 

“There’s just something special about experiencing real outdoor hockey on Lake Erie and enjoying an ice cold Labatt Blue beer,” said Carlsen.  “This year, we’re gearing up for large crowds of fans and more than 700 players down at the Erie Basin Marina. Live music, more food and beer options and other extras are planned.” 

Ten rinks are set up and ready to go.  Provisions and live entertainment are ready to serve fare and fun to participants, spectators, and families.  Indeed, there’s a lot more to see than just the hockey.  Try atv zambonies (hit the 2:08 mark on the video):

 And broomball, as the Powder Keg Festival parties on ashore:

Other winter sports of Powder Keg include Kan Jam, snow shoeing, snow tennis, and touch football.  It’s safe to say people in Buffalo know how to have fun even in the coldest parts of winter.  Like the main website says, “In downtown Buffalo, we don’t fear snow.  We revel in it.”

Oh, THAT Kan Jam!

The festival will provide a giant, heated tent to shelter a “family pavilion” at the HSBC Plaza, showcasing many activities such as a Kids Sculpture Park, carnival games, and ice skating.

In fact, the festival is gorged with a vast feast of goings-on.   If you’ve never tried frozen turkey bowling, this is your chance.

Heck, there’s even a “Mark Twain Chili Cook-off” on Sunday, based on a scene from the 2003 Jim Carey movie “Bruce Almighty.”  After getting frosty watching hockey and broomball, it’s a wise way to warm up. 

As Twain himself once said, “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”  I couldn’t describe this weekend better myself.

I’ll meet you out on the snow dunes, folks.


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