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'Flurrious' erases the wintertime blues

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Buffalo's annual winter festival returned to Delaware Park. Hundreds came out Saturday for 'Flurrious', the day-long event that offers dozens of indoor and outdoor activities. YNN's Kate McGowan caught up with Western New Yorkers who braved the cold for some fun in the snow.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Pond hockey was one of the main events at 'Flurrious', the annual festival in Buffalo that celebrates all things winter.

"We're out watching daddy play pond hockey," said Depew resident, Sara Ernst.

Kickball, snow tennis, a Quidditch tournament, and broomball were also favorites at the festival.

"You don't want a piece of us," exclaimed broomball player Felix Coniglio. "The other teams learning how bad we're beating them."

For those without a competitive side, scenic sleigh rides were offered through Delaware Park, as well as a tent with live music and plenty of food. And of course, there were plenty of things to do for the little ones.

"It's Buffalo," explained Thomas Herrera-Mishler from Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. "We love our winter weather and we're celebrating it here in Delaware Park."

Flurrious is put on by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the non-profit organization which runs the historic parks system in Buffalo.

Organizers said the festival has been up and running for the past three years but unlike last year, there's plenty of snow on the ground.

"Everything is designed to go with or without snow but I'm just delighted that we got some snow this week," said Herrera-Mishler.

Tonawanda resident, Adam Lysiak expressed, "It's cold, yes. But it's Buffalo so it's great weather."

"About to probably go into the lodge for a minute but not too bad. We couldn't have asked for a better day for hockey, so," Ernst exclaimed.

Flurrious is only one day, but organizers said they may try and change that in the future.
Many said the event is a definite cure to the wintertime blues.

"This is the most fun I've had since the last time I had so much fun," Coniglio said.

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