PORT RICHEY — Local skaters are polishing their routines for the 8th annual Presidents Day Invitational, an artistic roller figure skating competition at Spinnations Skating Center.
The two-day event, slated for Feb. 13-14, will be packed with official USA Roller Sports events as well as some beginner events. It is expected to draw more than 140 competitors from across the United States, in categories ranging from Tiny Tot to World Class.
Adult events include figure, solo and team dance events. Youth events include figures, singles, pairs and dance events on both days. Competitors range in age from 4 to 78.
For most of the skaters, the event is the prelude to the Regional Championships held later in the summer, an opportunity to test out the venue's spacious coated maple floor, organizers said. For other participants, it is a yearly getaway to enjoy Florida's warmer climate and to do something they love.
Organizers say the performances of skaters gliding across the floor, adorned with glitter and stones, leave the audience with the same response: "wow."