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Grand Isle Ice Out

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NORTH HERO, Vt. -

Visitors from all over made the trek across Lake Champlain for a celebration of the season.

"We've just been wondering around trying not to slip and fall on the ice and having a wonderful time," said Barbara Sweet.

The weekend long event gave visitors a chance to make the 2-mile walk or ski across the lake to Night's Island State Park

"She went walking, I did it on cross country skies. It's beautiful, no wind, " said Nicole Cherry.

Organizer Robert Camp said, "There were young people, old people, skaters, walkers, hikers,trekkers, 4 wheelers. It was wonderful."

But the highlight of the day...

"People have been giving us their clean Christmas trees since Christmas. There's a big stack behind me and we'll torch that," said Camp.

It's a send off of old Christmas trees to welcome in the new year. This is what you call fire and ice. All the money raised out here today will go to benefit local organizations in the area. The Grand Island Rescue crew, Local Motion, North Hero Volunteer fire department, and the historical society will all benefit from the funds raised this weekend.

"Anytime any community can come out and support itself and have other people come out and support it, it's always a great thing," said Sweet.

A homemade chili cook-off warmed up the crowd and the entertainment continued with a speed skating race.

"The biggest idea is to get everybody out of their houses, away from those wood stoves,and out to have some family fun," said Camp.

Family fun on the ice that these people think is pretty cool.

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