Summer SnowFest and Free Art Day

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SnowFest at Jordan Valley Park June 17

The 16th Annual Summer SnowFest returns to downtown Springfield’s Jordan Valley Park, 635 E. Trafficway, Saturday, June 17, noon to 4 p.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to climb, slide and build snowmen in a mountain of snow made from ice shavings from Mediacom Ice Park. The Springfield Regional Arts Council partners to present Free Art Day with interactive art projects, including pinwheels, in the park. Performers Rob Powers (of the Mudflaps,) Kicking Jacksie and Papa Green Shoes take the stage. Shaw, Faulkner & Werner Financial Group sponsors the first-time appearance of the Bubble Bus. The event also features interactive games, snowman building, a bounce house and more. Kids are advised to bring mittens and wear sturdy shoes.

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 17, 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.

This year, Summer SnowFest partners with Isabel’s House to celebrate the 10th birthday of Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks. At 2 p.m., everyone in the park will sing “Happy Birthday” to Isabel’s House and share free birthday cake.

Isabel’s House and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board also partner with the Bass Pro Fitness Series “Rock4Kids” Polar Bear Run/Walk, starting at 5 p.m. nearby at Hammons Field. Details and registration online at http://fitness.basspro.com.

Summer SnowFest is FREE. Concessions are available. The event is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

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