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Tulsa's Arvest Winterfest comes to a close with challenges for clean-up crews in the days ahead

Posted at 8:50 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 23:30:49-05

TULSA, Okla. -- — Arvest Winterfest saw an increase in crowds this year, with additions like a holiday train and new training tools for skaters.

"They have these skater things which they didn't have last year I don't think and it was nice to help the little kids too. It's fun to just goof around and have fun here," ice skater Addy Falat said.

For the first time people also had access to food trucks and alcohol sales on the weekend.

"A lot of people end up taking off to go eat and a lot of times they forget to come back. But having the food on site, that helps. That way they don't have to even take the skates off," venue manager David Hoffman said.

Even with slippery conditions for the final day of Winterfest, it didn't stop some skaters from hitting the ice for the first time.

"It's kind of scary, when you fall it's scary because you don't know what's going to happen when you fall if you can get back up or not," ice skater Kaylee Lusk said.

In the days ahead Winterfest staff will have to take down the props, pick up trash, and melt the ice on the 9,000 square foot rink.

"Since we're coming into breakdown I was actually trying to get rid of my ice. But that wintry mix that we just had on Thursday that grew me an inch and a half of ice," Hoffman said.

This will likely add an extra day of cleanup in what's already a week-long process.
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