Museum of Aviation event gives kids a snow encore

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 8, 2014 

Museum of Aviation’s Winter Wonderfest fundraiser sure to be repeated

WARNER ROBINS -- Just over a week after a snowstorm in Middle Georgia, children haven’t gotten their fill of playing in the white stuff.

It might have seemed that attendance to the Museum of Aviation’s first Winter Wonderfest on Saturday would be deterred by coming on the heels of the storm, but organizers say just the opposite was true. They say it only whetted kids’ appetites for snow.

Youths squealed with delight as they tubed down man-made ice hills in the museum parking lot.

Louise Pacheco, of Bonaire, brought five children, including her grandchildren and a friend’s grandchildren. She said they were having a blast.

“They really love the slides,” she said. “They are not tired. They have not slowed down at all.”

Linda May, who works at the museum and helped organize the festival, said they were very concerned earlier in the week when the forecast called for rain Saturday.

“It has turned out to be a beautiful day,” she said, adding that the event will be back next year.

While the snow slides were definitely the highlight, the event also included a hay ride, an arts and crafts show and a bounce house.

The event, including the snow tubing, continues Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The festival also included a Night at the Museum and Western-themed mystery dinner theater held Friday and Saturday. The dinner theater will be held again next Feb. 14-16. The Night at the Museum is inspired by the movie of the same name, with volunteers bringing various historical characters to life.

The snow hills were done by Snow Kings of Atlanta. Owner Mike Basaric said he started it a couple of years ago after many years in the ice business. A machine grinds up big blocks of ice and blows it out a hose. The larger ramp, about 55 feet, had about eight tons of ice on it and a smaller one, about 35 feet, had six tons of ice, he said.

The business was unproven when he started it, but he said it has turned out to be popular.

“We’ve done just about every kind of event you can think of it,” Basaric said. “What’s nice about snow is that in the South, people don’t see it very often, and so everybody likes the snow.”

The event is a fundraiser for the museum and is put on by the Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. For more information visit www.museumofaviation.org.

Saturday’s activities also included a 5K run and a pancake breakfast that followed.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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