Hockey was meant to be played outdoors, especially when it helps out a great cause. It's the 2nd Annual Binghamton Pond Festival and it's happening this weekend at Chenango Valley State Park. Partial proceeds from this event will benefit MHAST’s DIFD program focusing on youth suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

New this year is the family-style fun on Friday night, including evening ice skating on the pond under the lights, Animal Adventure, live music, a guided park hike during the lunar eclipse, a bonfire, s'mores, a full fireworks show and more.

The pond hockey tournament with 40 teams and over 300 players will happen Saturday and Sunday. Music, skating, food, drink and fun will be available all three days.

This event celebrates winter and hockey. Here's the schedule:

Friday:
Evening open skate on the pond, under the lights (must bring your own skates)
Animal Adventure
Live music by Amber Martin
Guided lunar eclipse hike through the park
Bonfire and s’mores
Food concessions from The Colonial
Fireworks show

Saturday & Sunday:
Pond Hockey Tournament featuring 40 teams and 300+ players
5k Pond Hockey Trail Run
Guided Eagle Watch, Guided Snowshoe Hike of the Park
Live Music: Jared Campbell, Tim Ruffo Hot Dogs and Gin, RnR, The Kiil
Jack Sherman Toyota Chuck-a-puck for a cash prize
Hockey Trivia with AP Entertainment
Food concessions by Amici and The Colonial
Beer Tent, Bonfires, Bubble Hockey
Free “Try Hockey” event (all equipment provided)
Group ice time on the pond: STHA, Binghamton Blizzards, Ice House Hawks
Public skating & various other winter activities for families.

It's winter in the Southern Tier and it's fun for everyone at the Binghamton Pond Festival beginning on Friday at Chenango Valley State Park.

[via Binghamton Pond Festival]