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Snowballs in South Texas?! Sure, if you know where to go

By Camille Doty
Jan. 14, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 13, 2012 at 7:14 p.m.

Kaleb Dalton, 4, hits a bump on the track as he slides down one of the two slides at the Brackenridge Event Center's Third Annual Winter Carnival and Snow Day Saturday in Edna. It was Kaleb's first time sledding and he said that it was dangerous.

By the numbers:

The third annual Winter Carnival & Snow Day had about 800 children, 600 adults and 150 volunteers.

EDNA - The object of any match is to catch your competitor off-guard.

It's easier to strike when your opponent doesn't realize they're playing.

Kloey Garcia rolled a snowball to throw at her unsuspecting target.

"Grandma, gotcha," the 9-year-old Aloe Elementary School student said with a heart-melting smile.

Margaret Mahan joined in the fun, and, of course, got her revenge.

"It's nice to get out here and play with the kids," said the 62-year-old playful grandmother while taking in the clear, blue sky.

Kloey and Mahan were some of 1,500 Crossroads residents to attend the third annual Winter Carnival & Snow Day at the Brackenridge Event Center on Saturday afternoon.

When people's hands got too cold, they could thaw out playing games or enjoy a hay ride.

Houston-based Ice Express brought three truckloads of ice, according to Cammie Pearson, the center's recreation manager.

Children and adults alike frolicked in 59,000 pounds of snow on slides and play areas. It was a rare treat for South Texans to have snow in 60-degree weather.

Pearson said the center is well-insulated, and the ice will be able to keep its form.

Drains will hold the melted ice, and a tractor will remove the remaining portion.

There were several marked safe zones. Attendees needed to proceed with caution in others.

"If you're outside, you might get pelted," Pearson said.

The boundaries of age were erased in the white, war-zone. No one was immune from getting bombarded.

One mischievous teenager added some ice cubes to his otherwise soft ball.

"This is going to hurt," he said. His attempt failed when he missed.

Kayleigh Stillwell took full advantage of the snowball fight she had with her twin siblings, Claire and Cole Stillwell.

"My favorite part is throwing balls at my brother," Kayleigh said.

It was the only time the 8-year-old had permission to do so.

Kloey and her brother, Joel Garcia, had their match. They also worked together.

"We get to make snowmans and snow angels," Kloey said.

The snow day was a first for the Garcia children, but it won't be the last. Their favorite part of the day was gliding down the 8-foot slide.

Kloey said she wants to come back next year. Her brother, one year her senior, emphatically agreed.

"I'll be back - definitely," he said.

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