Retirees at Snowbird covention don't miss winter

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 17:30:48-05

More than 30,000 retirees mingled at the Lakeland Center on Tuesday and Wednesday for the 22nd annual Snowbird Extravaganza.

The convention attracts mainly Canadians who are staying in central Florida for the winter months.

"We don't have to shovel the rain," said one Canadian in attendance, who said when they left their home two weeks ago, there was two feet of snow on the ground.

Michael McKenzie, Executive Director of the Canadian Snowbird Association, said this is what being a snowbird is all about -- getting out of the freezing temperatures.

"That is exactly what people enjoy about being a snowbird. That is why people do it. The Canadian winters are not a lot of fun," he said.

The convention features vendors from around the state including amusement parks, shops, and various attractions.