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Just in time for summer, SnowFest returns to Jordan Valley Park

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It's not likely to be cold outside in downtown Springfield, but there should be enough ice piled up in Jordan Valley Park to make you think so.

It’s not likely to be cold outside in downtown Springfield, but there should be enough ice piled up in Jordan Valley Park to make you think so.

Kids of all ages are invited to climb, slide and build snowmen in a mountain of snow made from ice shavings from noon to 4 p.m. at Mediacom Ice Park during the the 15th Annual Summer SnowFest.

The gentle accumulation of cold white stuff is at Springfield’s Jordan Valley Park, 635 E. Trafficway, Saturday, June 25, noon to 4 p.m The event also features entertainment, interactive games, snowman building, a bounce house and more.

Nearby, the Springfield Regional Arts Council partners will present Free Art Day, with interactive art projects in the park.

Several times a day, Mediacom Ice Park staff resurfaces the ice with a Zamboni, a machine which shaves irregularities and smoothes the ice. The Zamboni collects the shavings, which are normally dumped and allowed to melt. This week, Ice Park staff will allow the normal ice depth to nearly double on the West Rink, to about two inches. On June 25, staff will shave the ice back to its normal depth of 1.25 inches and haul the fluffy, white snow shavings outside for Summer SnowFest.

Summer SnowFest is free. Concessions are available. The event is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. For more information, visit ParkBoard.org or call Mediacom Ice Park 417-866-7444.

For media inquiries, call Jeff Cumley, Jordan Valley Park Superintendent, at 417-837-5710; Karen Herron, Senior Executive Secretary, at 417-864-1049; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 or 417-224-5510, or email Jenny Edwards.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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