Memories of SnowFest’s past

Every festival that has a little history like SnowFest has  some unique stories to go along with it. We figured that there had to be a few interesting stories out there so we asked people on Facebook to tell us about their memories of SnowFests past.

Here are some of their more interesting stories.

Ann Gretz noted that her brother Paul Horner would help with carnival workers every year. She notes that he would come home with dirt from head to toe, but with a smile as big as possible and grinning from ear to ear. He loved doing the work and also spending the time at SnowFest!

Nicole Aubry noted that she was a pageant winner from her playground in 1976, an honor to be sure. As such she was able to ride in the parade representing her playground Washington Park. However, just before the parade, the 8-year-old Nicole was bit by a mouse and almost didn’t get to ride in the parade due to rabies concerns. They eventually caught the mouse and she was cleared just in time to represent her playground in the parade. She was proud to wear the title Miss Washington Park that year. As she says, “Best memory ever!”

Tammy Marie Snowfest car

Terri Belonger recalls marching with the high school band the parade and getting her boot heel stuck in the grating of the 17th Street bridge and almost falling over. Great memories. With the parade coming back and going over the 17th Street bridge hopefully not something we see repeated!

Mary Swoboda recalls how her and her friends would check on the snow buried in Picnic Hill to make sure it was safe. (It might just be there again this fall?). However, as she and others recall SnowFest was second to only Christmas in her childhood experiences. Great memories again and hopefully ones we can recreate starting in 2020.


Thanks for all of the great memories and the word pictures created by them. We are excited to start some new memories of our own next year at SnowFest. Check back next week as we talk about the music that people remember as being the soundtrack of SnowFest. You also just might have the change to download the playlist as well!

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