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Family skaters include, from left, Julia Leykikh, 11, of Fairfield, mom Amber, and Talia, 9, at the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Bridget Flatow, 11, of New Canaan, executies a spin at the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Catherine Lewis of Westport helps her daughter Sadie Sherman, 7, get her skates on for the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Workers Connor Murray, left, and Chris Davies, finish putting up the glass at opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Kathleen Goode of Fairfield and her son Brendan, 7, enjoy the ice at the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Lauren Stephens of Darien helps her girl Skylar, 6, makes the rounds of the rink at the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Liz Grennan of New Canaan and her daughter Lucy, 6, skate together at the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Weather was great for the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Sage Dailey, 10, of Waxhaw, N.C., was still smiling after a fall at the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Skaters wait for Tony Lantier to finish his Zamboni work so they can get back on the ice at the opening day at the Westport P.A.L. Rink at Longshore, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.

WESTPORT— The winter season came to town Friday afternoon when the P.A.L. Skating Rink at Longshore opened up for the season.

Hundreds of skaters from all over the area took advantage of the picturesque location and lovely weather to visit the rink, which is celebrating its 20th season this year.

“You couldn’t ask for a better day,” said Tony Lantier, owner of Thin Ice Management, which oversees the rink at the behest of the town and P.A.L.

He said around 45,000 to 50,000 people will visit the rink, which is open seven days a week between now and the first week of March.

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