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30th annual Norfolk Ice Show on tap for Sunday

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NORFOLK - Every winter since 1984 has provided the chance for the Norfolk community to see some of the most talented ice skaters entertain in a show that features a variety of acts.

The 30th annual Norfolk Ice Show will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Dominic Zappia Community Ice Skating Center and a diverse array of performances is expected.

The show is put on by the Norwood-Norfolk Figure Skating Club, and this year’s show will feature two guest skaters, as well as two synchronized skating teams.

Hailey Blodgett, 10, from Morrisville is somewhat of an ice skating prodigy in Northern New York and will be skating for the fans on Sunday.

“She does a lot of different performances at the hockey games like at Colgate. She is also a dancer and has danced during the (Syracuse Orange) basketball intermissions. She is a pretty advanced little skater,” Club President Tonya Young said. “She has performed for us before, and we’re looking forward to having her come to skate again.”

According to Ms. Young, Hailey began skating at the age of two and has won over 160 medals in competitions throughout the United States.

Also on the slate for this weekend is Nikola Wolfe. Ms. Wolfe is a triple gold medalist with the United States Figure Skating Association and skated with the St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club in Canton until she graduated from Edwards Knox Central School and headed to Clarkson University.

The synchronized skating teams set to perform on Sunday are the Ice Angels and Rainbow Connection.

The theme for this year’s event is “All You Need is Love” and the day will also include a raffle and plenty of food.

Club board member Lisa Gravlin has helped put the show together for four years and noted that there is a lot of pre-show work.

“Organization consists of having all of the different skaters in their different skating groups, getting local donations, getting guest skaters and figuring out what they’re all going to wear for costumes,” Ms. Gravlin said. “It will be a great day. (People) should come out to support the local kids in the community.”

The menu options will include pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, as well as a host of baked goods. All of the baked goods are donated by the families of the club members.

Ms. Young said that raffle items will feature many gift certificates from local restaurants like Hotel Grande, The Lobster House and Pizza Hut.

The club president feels that the annual activity serves as a good opportunity for people to see plenty of impressive talent displayed at a low price.

“Ultimately we’re going to show the hard work of all the members. I think it’s a great community opportunity to see what’s going on in our little town. It’s a great chance also to see some great, young talented skaters like Nikola and Hailey,” Ms. Young said.

Admission for Sunday’s show is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and children under age five are free.

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