Griffins to host ‘Great Skate Winterfest’ this weekend

Bob Kaser, VP of community relations and broadcasting for the Griffins, talks about the Great Skate Winterfest. (Feb. 6, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Griffins will be skating for 24 consecutive hours this weekend to raise money for underprivileged youth in the area.

The popular Great Skate Winterfest at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids begins at noon on Saturday and runs until 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Those who attend will be able to skate with Griffins players and mascots Griff and Finn during the 13 annual Great Skate which starts at 10 p.m. Saturday and ends at 10 p.m. Sunday.

There will also be several activities throughout the weekend including sled dogs, figure skating, ice-sculpting, a fat bike race and a family activity tent. A warming tent will also be available, as well as hot chocolate and coffee.

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to give a donation to the Griffins Youth Foundation which give kids the chance to play hockey who otherwise would not have been able to afford it.

Skates are $2 for adults, $1 for kids to rent.

If you would like to donate to the Griffins Youth Foundation, visit



Great Skate Winterfest Schedule of Events

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