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Pond Hockey Classic – A Winning Trophy…and a Little History

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - January 28, 2011

The New England Pond Hockey Classic will bring everything from ice hockey competitions to chili cookoff fun to the Lakes Region the weekend of February 3-6. The headquarters for the event will be Meredith; specifically on the ice in Meredith Bay.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 3 with player check in from 5-9 pm. There will be a welcoming party and skills competition on Feb. 3 from 8-10:30 pm at Lago in Meredith.

The Pond Hockey Classic team competitions begins on Friday, Feb. 4 and runs from 8 am-5 pm. Labatt Promo/Raffle winners will be announced at Mame’s Restaurant in Meredith from 8-11 pm on Feb. 4. The schedule for Saturday, Feb. 5 is the same as for the 4th with the exception of the Labatt Promo/Raffle event held at Guiseppe’s in Meredith at 8 pm.

The Pond Hockey Classic competitions continue throughout the day on Sunday, Feb. 6. The Greater Meredith Program will offer some hot stuff on Saturday, Feb. 5 from noon-3 pm with a Chili Cookoff at Hesky Park on Meredith Bay.

Says Bonnie Ireland of the Greater Meredith Program, “We have invited Lakes Region restaurants to compete in the event which will be held under a large tent in Hesky Park near the ice hockey. Those who love chili will pay a small admission price to enter the tent and sample all the chili! Awards will be given to the top three restaurants. The radio station Hawk 104.9 FM will be broadcasting during the Chili Cookoff.”

The Greater Meredith Program will also be raffling off the prize of a one-night stay at the Okie Dokie Fishin’ Camp in Tamworth.

For further information, visit or call 279-9015.

Hot Air Balloon Rides will be offered on Feb. 4 from 3:30- 7 pm at Hesky Park in Meredith and again on Feb. 5 from 8 am-noon. Ballooning on both days is weather permitting. 

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