Winter festival welcomes new Mainers in Portland

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Three brothers – Ezadin, left, Ishmael and Abbas Hassan – share a sled ride at Payson Park on Saturday during the 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival. The event is meant to introduce new Mainers to winter activities and encourage year-round enjoyment of the outdoors. The Hassan brothers, of Portland, were all born in the United States after their family emigrated from Somalia 18 years ago.

Derek Pelletier shares a moment with daughter Charlotte, 4, over a cup of hot cocoa Saturday during the 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival. Free ice skate rentals were provided to about 50 adults and children by non-profit groups Portland Gear Hub and Camp Ketcha.

Mahmoud Hassan and daughter Kauther, 7, laugh after sled ride at Payson Park on Saturday during the 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival. The event is meant to introduce new Mainers to winter activities and encourage year-round enjoyment of the outdoors. Hassan said he has been taking his family to the event for the past three years “just for the fun of it.”

Nicholas Erskine and daughter Brielle, 6, speed down a snow-covered hill at Payson Park on Saturday during the 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival.

Two-year-old Lilly Eldridge is pulled through deep snow by mother Heidi Miller at Payson Park on Saturday during the Welcome to Winter Festival. The city of Portland used snow-making equipment to deepen the base for the 10th annual event.

Skylar Haugen, 3, loses her hat while sledding Saturday at Payson Park during the 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival.

Phalla Porng guides daughter Sournita, 1, through the crowd Saturday at Payson Park during the 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival. The event is meant to introduce new Mainers to winter activities and encourage year-round enjoyment of the outdoors. Porng immigrated to the United States six years ago from Cambodia.

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