VIDEO/PHOTOS: Snowfest brings cool fun to Naples

Children play on a snow hill during the annual Snowfest at Golden Gate Community Park in Golden Gate on Dec. 4, 2010. Visitors played in 70-tons worth of snow, watched performances on stage, and enjoyed carnival rides in the holiday themed event. Snowfest is one of Collier County's largest events, gathering about 15,000 visitors each year. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Children play on a snow hill during the annual Snowfest at Golden Gate Community Park in Golden Gate on Dec. 4, 2010. Visitors played in 70-tons worth of snow, watched performances on stage, and enjoyed carnival rides in the holiday themed event. Snowfest is one of Collier County's largest events, gathering about 15,000 visitors each year. Greg Kahn/Staff

Snowfest brings cool fun to Naples

The 25th annual event draws a crowd

— From sled rides to snowballs kids took in both the snow and the Florida sunshine at Snowfest on Saturday. For many it was a first-time experience playing in the snow.

"A lot of kids that are born in Florida...they have never seen snow," said Annie Alvarez, regional manager for Collier County Parks and Recreation Department. "This is a great opportunity to do something different."

This year marks the 25th anniversary for the annual event put on by the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department.

Staff expected around 15,000 people to come to Golden Gate Community Park to enjoy the 100 tons of snow. There was also live entertainment, carnival games, rides, food and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.

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