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Winter wonderland created in Holiday


Published:   |   Updated: December 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

HOLIDAY — The first official weekend of winter brought near-record high temperatures to much of Florida, but some West Pasco youngsters didn’t lose their cool.

That’s because an artificial snowstorm struck a patch of land in Holiday where the youths could frolic in some 20 tons of the white stuff.

The snow scene came courtesy of Next Level Church, which used a snow generator to convert blocks of ice into flakes at the Darlington Road site. The generator is similar to something found on a ski slope, Lead Pastor Christian Farris explained.

The free event was part of a festival to help celebrate the holidays.

Some of the local youths had never seen snow before the event or fashioned a snowball.

The snowy landscape delighted New Port Richey children Brayden Williams, 2; Devon Parker, 8; Toren Valdes, 10; Joseph Pacimeo, 4; and Elizabeth Pacimeo, 8, along with Bianca Norris, 10, of Hudson and many other youths.

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