DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(120419)-WINTERFEST 2019 KICKS-OFF HOLIDAY WITH ICE SKATING

ODESSA, TEXAS/DECEMBER 4, 2019-DOWNTOWN ODESSA INC. AND THE CITY ODESSA HELD A SPECIAL EVENT AND RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO KICK-OFF WINTERFEST 2019. TO BRING EXCITEMENT AND FUN ACTIVITIES TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. (LAWANNA LAMBERT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-DOWNTOWN ODESSA, INC.) “A HEALTHY PART OF ANY DOWNTOWN IS NOT ONLY THE BUSINESSES THAT YOU ATTRACT, BUT ALSO THE PEOPLE. WITHOUT PEOPLE WHO WILL PATRONIZE THE BUSINESSES, RIGHT? SO, PART OF OUR GOAL AT ‘DOWNTOWN ODESSA’ IS TO BRING PEOPLE DOWNTOWN, AND WE THAT THROUGH EVENTS LIKE: THE ICE SKATING RINK THAT WE’LL HAVE HERE ALL MONTH. EVENTS LIKE WINTERFEST WHICH YOU WILL SEE THIS WEEKEND. THE ‘PARADE OF LIGHT’ AND THE FUN THINGS WE’VE GOT GOING ON.” THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ICE SKATING RINK AND THE INSTALLATION OF THE SYNTHETIC ICE IS APPROXIMATLEY 3 HOURS, AND IS A MUCH SAFER FOR THE SKATERS. (LAWANNA LAMBERT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-DOWNTOWN ODESSA, INC.) “SYNTHETIC ICE IS REALLY FACINATING, IT’S LIKE PLASTIC. UHM, IT’S CHEMICAL TREATED, BUT IT’S DRY. SO, THERE’S NOTHING WET, NOTHING COLD ABOUT IT. SYNTHETIC ICE IS ACTUALLY SAFER THAN REAL ICE, IN THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU HIT IT’S NOT AS HARD, THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF ‘GIVE’ A LITTLE BIT OF ‘BOUNCE’ TO IT. AND ALSO, WHEN YOU HIT THE SYNTHETIC ICE, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THOSE LITTLE ICE BURNS THAT YOU GET WHEN YOU GO ICE SKATING ON TRUE ICE.” OVER 200 PEOPLE CAME OUT AND STOOD IN LINE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE SKATE NIGHT. (KARINA ALVAREZ, VISITOR TO ICE SKATING EVENT) (ROXANNE ALVAREZ, VISITOR TO ICE SKATING EVENT) “IT WAS SO MUCH FUN GETTING A CHANCE TO SPEND TIME, QUALITY TIME. AND, WE DIDN’T FALL, RIGHT? GIRL DIDN’T FALL!” (KENNETH SAENZ, VISITOR TO ICE SKATING EVENT) “IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO HAVE IT OUT HERE ALL THE TIME. I MEAN, THERE’S ALWAYS BETTER TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO HERE IN ODESSA, THAN JUST SAME ‘OLE THING.” (EMILY ANDERSON, VISITOR TO ICE SKATING EVENT) “I FEEL NERVOUS, ‘CAUSE I MO’ FALL! I’M EXCITED, I’M NEVER GONNA FALL DOWN AND HURT MYSELF” ONE PRE-TEEN ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE, BUT WAS A LITTLE DISAPOINTED. (JAIMIE MENDEZ, VISITOR TO ICE SKATING EVENT) “IT WAS PRETTY FUN, EXCEPT I WOULD CHANGE THE SKATING RINK, KIND’VE, ‘CAUSE, THERE WAS NO ACTUAL ICE DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER THE ICE SKATING RINK CAN BE RENTED OUT FOR SPECIAL AND PRIVATE EVENTS FROM DOWNTOWN ODESSA, INC. FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera