The Soldotna Regional Sports Complex is photographed on Oct. 6, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

The Soldotna Regional Sports Complex is photographed on Oct. 6, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Skating recital returns after almost 2 years

The skating recital is a full-costume performance to music.

The Soldotna Regional Sports Complex annual skating recital returns this weekend for its 20th year.

Madalyn McEwen, the skating director at the center, said skaters ranging in age from 2 to 17 have been preparing for the performance for weeks.

“The kids have been practicing since the ice went in,” she said Tuesday.

McEwen said the COVID-19 pandemic forced the kids to take almost two years off from performing, and that this year they’re especially excited to get back on the ice in front of a crowd.

“They look forward to it every year,” she said.

The skating recital is a full-costume performance to music from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Before the recital, the public will be able to free skate with Santa from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission to Saturday’s event is free with a canned food donation. McEwen said the sports complex will donate all the food collected to Hope Community Resources.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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