The Rink at Sugar Hill becomes tradition in Gwinnett and beyond

By: Cailin O’Brien – Gwinnett Daily Post  |   Link to Full Story

In-towners aren’t the only ones enjoying Sugar Hill’s seasonal ice rink these days.

Madison Frady, 6, and her sister Michaela Frady, 7, are from California, but they visit relatives in Gwinnett County every year. And for the past three years, they’ve been hitting up the seasonal rink situated behind City Hall in Sugar Hill.

“This is where they learned to skate,” their mom said. “They beg us to bring them every year.”

 That out-of-town traffic might be part of the reason Sugar Hill’s ice rink in a tent is doing so well for the third year in a row.

Daniel Ferguson and his wife, Carmelia Ferguson, own Have an Ice Day, the company that runs the rink. He said he’s been surprised by how much word of mouth and social media shout outs have grown the 3-year-old rink.

“We’ve increased the number of skaters dramatically,” Ferguson said.

The Fergusons are busy operating the rink from its opening Nov. 11 until its closing Feb. 19. But they’re the busiest right now, since most schools are on holiday break. And it’s not just local students enjoying a day on the ice over their break.

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