Weekend Winter Festivities a Success!

February 12, 2012 Updated Feb 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

February 12, 2012 Updated Feb 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
"Here we are, day three of the 5th annual Labatt Blue Buffalo pond...scratch that! Street hockey tournament!" said Brett Carlson, the Associate Brand Manager for Labatt Blue.

Nearly 500 players kept the annual tradition alive despite what mother nature had in store.

"We were looking for ice back in January, realized it wasn't going to happen (but) we're game on! We're still doing it! Sixty-five teams and these guys are the loyals, dedicated guys who weren't going to miss it no matter what. This is championship day. This is where the guys take home the hardware," explained Carlsen.

And that is all the satisfaction the players needed.

"It's been an unbelievable weekend. The snow storm coming in, the temperatures plummeting, but we're here. We're having a good time! Got some great dedicated hockey players this weekend," said Carlsen.

All you needed was a broom and a ball, a chainsaw for some ice carving, and some food to feed hungry farm animals to have some fun at the Powder Keg Festival in Niagara Square.

At the Buffalo Auto Show the weekend crowds have already sparked business at local dealerships according to the show director, Trey Barrett,

"Alot of our dealers and general managers have been coming throughout the week saying that people that their sales people have talked to at the show have already come back to the dealerships and started the conversation about getting that new or used vehicle."