Crossroads gets a little taste of winter wonderland (w/video)

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

Jan. 18, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.

EDNA - Tracye Boyd, 38, of Goliad, said her kids have been doing every kind of trick they've heard of to bring snow to the area.

"These poor little South Texas kids have been wanting snow," she said. "They put their pajamas on inside out and put spoons under their pillows and still didn't get snow."

Boyd's kids' wish came true Saturday at the Brackenridge Main Event Center, where the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority made a winter wonderland complete with two snow slides and two play areas.

The snowy transformation took 59,000 pounds of man-made out of Houston, said Cammie Pearson, Lavaca-Navidad River Authority recreation manager. She said the fourth annual Brackenridge Winter Carnival attracted about 1,800 people, about twice as many people as last year.

Christian Boyd, 11, of Goliad, slid down one of the snow hills, smiling. She said the ride was "bumpy and fun."

Joyce Miller, 57, of Victoria, tested out the s'mores station, which was new to the event this year.

"It's very nice for the kids to be able to enjoy," Miller said about the event.

"The big slide and the snowball fight were the two highlights," said Bobbi Francis, 41, of Inez.

Pearson said the event costs about $15,000 each year. Most of that cost goes toward the snow and inflatables, she said.

The event is not a big moneymaker, Pearson said, but any profit that is made will go toward putting on future community events.

Jean Fisher, of Victoria, said Saturday was the first time her 4-year-old daughter, Kaylee Fisher, had seen snow.

"I like playing with snow," Kaylee said, throwing a snowball at her mom.



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