Photo Gallery: Snow Fest 2012
The annual family festival put smiles of thousands of faces with its array activities, including a ramp made of real snow!
Thousands of visitors poured into Safety Harbor City Park on Saturday evening for Snow Fest, a family friendly outdoor event created to support the Elena Tresh Foundation.
Foundation president Jennifer Tresh, who started the festival six years ago as a way to honor her daughter Elena's memory, said she was thrilled with the turnout for this year's event.
"This has been one of our best events so far," she said."Every year we do things a little better, add new things, so that makes it easier."
Some of the new additions included a bungee jump station, bounce houses and a giant slide.
But despite all the neat new additions, the event's main attraction was still the snow ramp.
Soaring high above the park's baseball field, the man-made mountain of wood and snow was the highlight of the event for people of all ages; a line snaked around the field for hours as visitors waited their turn to slide down an actual hill of snow. In Florida. In 70+ degree weather.
"It's incredible," Debbie Eckerdt of Bella Haven Salon said as she waited in the ramp line with her family. "Every year it keeps getting better and better."
In addition to the rides and attractions, there were food vendors, games, raffle prizes and horseback rides courtesy of Magic Beans Village.
It all made for a spectacular, snowy Saturday. And best of all, it benefited a good cause.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds to go terminally ill children," Tresh said. "At the end of the day, when we give those kids gifts and see the smiles on their faces, it makes all this hard work worthwhile."
So Harborites, did you make it out to Snow Fest and take some photos of your family frolicking in the snow? If so, upload your photos here, or share your thoughts on the event in the comments below.