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Carnival of Silver Skates in Groton, SD

Groton will host the 83nd annual Carnival of Silver Skates, featuring nearly 100 figure skaters, on Sunday, January 31. Two performances of this unique outdoor ice skating show will be held at the Groton ice rink at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM. All are invited to attend.

As typical of South Dakota, the weather has again presented some challenges this year. Due to the warm temperatures at the beginning of January, many groups started their choreography practices on dry parking lots in town, the community center, and school gyms. Mother nature is now starting to cooperate and the skaters are hitting the ice!

2021 has been a year of so many challenges for everyone, so the carnival chose an appropriate theme to remind all of the importance of “Faith, Hope, and Love.” As the audience watches the Groton skaters from pre-school through high school age, they will enjoy a wide variety of music. There will also be several specialty acts from local skaters, and there will be two acts from Katherine Pfaff, a member of the Watertown Figure Skate Club.

The show promises to be entertaining and inspiring, with beautiful costumes and memorable music. Spectators will enjoy music from multiple eras, such as Hold My Hand, Footloose, Some Things Never Change, You Can’t Hurry Love, and Faithfully. New spectators to the show each year marvel at the beautiful, professional-looking costumes.

Following tradition, the 2021 Carnival of Silver Skates Queen will be crowned during the 2:00 PM performance. This year’s candidates are seniors Tessa Erdmann, Alexis Hanten, Hailey Monson, Erin Unzen, and Grace Wiedrick. Our juniors include Kennedy Anderson, Brooklyn Imrie, Julianna Kosel, and Christina Zoellner.

Admission for the show is just $3.00 for those 13 and older, $2.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Plan now to attend the Carnival of Silver Skates in Groton on January 31st at 2:00 PM or 6:30 PM. The rink is located on the west side of town, near the baseball complex. Watch from the comfort of your own vehicle, listening to music and narration from your radio. There will be plenty of parking, with only cars allowed on the ice and larger vehicles allowed on upper tiers. Attendees are asked to limit vehicles to one per family, please. Parking on the ice will begin at 10:00 AM on Sunday for the first show and again at 4:30 PM for the evening show. You may prefer to dress for the weather of the day and enjoy the show from the bleachers, which will be provided.


January 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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