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Skating club to host 30th annual show next weekend

Eight-year-old Elabeth Roberts of Champlain, who has been skating for the past two years, said she likes the fact the show recognizes all the club members, regardless of how they perform.

"You get to do a lot of cool stuff and you get trophies," she said with a big smile. "I've learned to do spirals, lunges, hops and all sorts of things. [The club] is really fun and you get to meet a lot of nice people and make new friends."

While there is a focus on the noncompetitive side of the sport, 13-year-old Cayley Boire of Plattsburgh said the club still prepares members for the chance to compete professionally if they choose to one day.

"I'd like them to know how far they can go with it," Boire said of her advice to younger members. "I've been skating for nine years all because my parents decided to let me skate. I've been skating ever since and I'm in competitions from time to time."

"I just enjoy being on the ice," Boire added. "And, I don't mind the cold."

The annual North Country Skating Club Ice Show will be held next Saturday at the Rouses Point Civic Center, 39 Lake St., with a pre-show performance at 6:30 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the event will begin with the pre-show at 1:30 p.m. and continue with the show at 2 p.m. The feature performances last about two hours each, said Boyer.

The cost of general admission is $6, with senior citizens and children ages 12 and younger admitted for $4. The snack bar will be open both nights, offering refreshments.

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