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Children meet with favorite characters at Madawaska ice rink

Madison Granatowski of Wallagrass met up with Chase, a character from the animated television series Paw Patrol, at the Madawaska Characters on Ice event on Sunday, Feb. 4. (Courtesy of Pamela Bouchard)

MADAWASKA, Maine — Children had the opportunity to meet and skate with some of their favorite television and movie stars at a “Characters on Ice” event at the Madawaska Multi-Purpose Center indoor ice rink on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Volunteers dressed in costumes depicting such popular characters as the Minions, Elmo, The Seven Dwarfs and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Charles Pelletier and his 5 -year-old son Ashton Pelletier traveled to Madawaska from their home in Fort Kent to attend the event.

“[Ashton] enjoyed all characters and made sure to hug all of them,” Charles Pelletier said.

“I thought the event was very well done. To see all the kids faces light up and having fun is everything for us — even better that we have such a heartwarming event in the Valley,” he said.

Efforts to reach representatives of the Madawaska Recreation Department for more information about the event it sponsored were unsuccessful.

Ashton Pelletier, 5, of Fort Kent, enjoys hugging Elmo at a “Characters on Ice” event at the Madawaska Multi-Purpose Center on Sunday, Feb. 4. (Courtesy of Charles Pelletier)

But Pamela Bouchard of Wallagrass, who also brought her young children to the Multi-Purpose Center on Sunday was thankful for the department’s efforts.

Bouchard’s daughter, Madison Granatowski, enjoyed meeting Chase, a German shepherd/traffic cop who helps to keep the public safe in the animated television series “Paw Patrol.” Characters from the show were a new addition to the event this year.

“It is local, lots of fun, affordable, kids love it.and the dedication of the Madawaska Rec is awesome for doing this each year,” Bouchard said.

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