Up North: Duluth Heritage Center hosts Gobbler Glide

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It is that time of year to lace up the skates and hit the rink. As people of all ages headed to the Gobbler Glide for free of charge fun on the ice.

Put on by Duluth Parks and Recreation as a fun filled skating event, but the simple event means more than just that that to some participants.

“You come here and you got to get reminded of like being a kid again. Like actually being able to be a free spirit. To come down to release energy, to remind yourself of what having fun is,” claimed Duluth native Savanna Wylliams.

The Heritage Sports Center host four of these themed skating events through the holiday season. With the Gobbler Glides incentive being the skater with the best turkey costume, would receive a free turkey to cook up.

If you didn’t have a turkey costume, skates or even a helmet there was little to fret as the event workers have you covered.

“The entire night is free from skating, then also even if you need skates or need a helmet, all of that is free as well. It’s a big skating community from indoor too outdoor. So this is just another opportunity for people to get out and enjoy skating,” claimed Recreation Specialist Jarod Meyer.

There was over 125 skaters on the ice during the evening as they glided around serenaded by a DJ, along with on ice activities including the limbo. All with an effort of getting new skaters into blades.

“It’s great to see people come out and just give it a shot, even if they’ve never skated before. I mean, Minnesota, there’s ice everywhere. It’s good to give it a go in an environment where you have help,” concluded Recreation Instructor Emma Johnsen.

The next free open skate of the season will be Sunday November 27th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Duluth Heritage Center.

For more open skate times and for the full ice time schedule CLICK HERE.