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Winterfest Draws Big Crowds in Camden 

Folks laced up their skates and headed to the ice to enjoy the town of Camden’s Ninth Annual Winterfest Celebration.This year’s event had all the elements of a winter wonderland including an outdoor ice rink.”I think it’s like heaven, it’s overlooking the harbor, so it’s beautiful here and the snow falling it probably has to be the prettiest skate rink in the whole world,” said Camden resident Christina Sideoti.Michael Roy created the 50 by 80 ice rink that’s drawn a big crowd to this year’s event.”it’s plastic sidedboard that gets installed and there’s a plastic liner that goes in and we just fill it with water and let it freeze and last weekend’s temperature was perfect for us,” he said.Winterfest is one of Camden’s biggest events.Committee member Lucinda Ciesing says the event was conceived in response to a dark time for the Camden community.Since then the event has grown and folks look to it as a way to go outside enjoy the winter.”I mean computers are fantastic but they don’t replace being together, coming outside and having a good time,” she said.Sideoti is a resident who has lived in Camden for many years and owns a local restaurant believes the town needs more winter events.”I think it would be sensational, Camden does a lot of events but certainly more winter events would be great.”Even though Winterfest lasted one day, the outdoor skating rink will be open all winter long for everyone to enjoy.