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Llano Snow Day Open to Sledders of All Ages

Llano Chamber and Commerce Executive Director Briley Mitchell (left) slides down the snow-covered hill at Badu Park with his cousin Pat Johnston during Snow Day. Courtesy photo

LLANO — Don’t believe the Llano weather forecast on Dec. 9 — there will be snow.

The annual Snow Day from 1-9 p.m. Saturday will blanket Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive.

Join in the fun with a wristband — good all day. The cost is $10 for one, $15 for two, or $20 for three.

Sleds will be provided for the downhill ride.

Don’t forget to bring a change of socks and pants as well as gloves and mittens.

“We try to make it family-friendly,” said Kim Webb, a member of the Llano Chamber of Commerce staff and the city of Llano Lighting Committee. “We don’t want them to have to spend a lot. It’s all about family and fun.”

And while Webb calls herself a professional sled driver — thanks to growing up in the “Snowbelt” near Lake Erie in northeast Ohio — she says you don’t have to be an expert to slide down the giant 15-foot hill created for Snow Day.

Most people, she said, are more like Llano Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Briley Mitchell.

“He’s a giant kid with a sled that wipes out at the end,” she said with a laugh. “I grew up in snow and know how to slide right.”

It takes 35,000 pounds of ice to create the snow-covered hill. Two sleds can slide down it at once — sometimes in a race.

“What I am used to are long, long hills,” Webb said. “This is faster because it’s so steep, but it’s still fun.”

And since Webb is a professional, she won’t be challenging anyone to a race, leaving Mitchell to do the honors.

“You have to grow up in snow,” she said. “You have to have shoveled snow. You have to have plowed snow. You have to have built ramps. You have to have done a lot of walking in snow-covered pastures. But you don’t have to be a professional sledder to enjoy our Snow Day.”

After a day in the snow, you can take in the Starry, Starry Nights display at the park. It comes alive at 6 p.m. People can roast marshmallows and take photos with Santa.

Go to llanochamber.org for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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