Maid of the Mist Free!

October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

The Maid of the Mist extended its season offering free rides on Friday and Saturday.

Despite the chilly weather Friday, hundreds came out to take advantage of that deal. Kevin Keenan, Spokesperson for the Maid of the Mist said 1,000 customers were served in the first hour alone.

Glynn family has operated the Maid of the Mist on both sides of the border since 1971, but beginning next season their service will be reduced to the American side only.

Hornblower, a company based in California, won a 30 year contract to operate tours of the Falls in Canada.

The Maid of Mist is rushing to complete a new storage dock for its boats since their old dock was located across the border.
Hornblower filed a federal lawsuit to block that construction but the lawsuit was thrown out.