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An ice skating rink is coming to the Cumming Fairgrounds this winter
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The city of Cumming has something very cool planned this winter for the Cumming Fairgrounds.

At a work session on Tuesday, members of the Cumming City Council voted 4-0, with member Lewis Ledbetter absent, to allow Mayor Troy Brumbalow to sign agreements with Square Ice, LLC to operate a new ice skating rink at the Cumming Fairgrounds this winter.

“It would be open basically from Thanksgiving to when the kids go back to school in January,” Brumbalow said.

Brumbalow said the rink would be near the Castleberry Road side of the fairgrounds and will operate seven days a week. He also said the owner was a city resident who had previously operated rinks in Marietta and Blue Ridge.

Under the agreement, the city will pay about $20,000, which Brumbalow said he hopes to offset by selling advertisements around the inside and outside rink and concessions.

“We would be responsible for renting the tent that covers it – you don’t need sunshine hitting it; it's not going to be below freezing every day – and the power that the machine uses to keep the ice,” Brumbalow said.

Brumbalow said after talking with several businesses he found there was a “very high break-even point” of around $65,000 to $75,000 for staffing and other costs.

“This is something that if it does go well for him that down the road we can work out next year,” Brumbalow said.

There were also concerns as the rink will be a first at the Fairgrounds.

“We’re going to have two to three big events there in December that will help draw people to it,” Brumbalow said.