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January 17, 2005

Lowndes County - It's not a typical scene for South Georgia, kids are sliding down hills of ice, having snow ball fights, and gliding across an ice rink. "I think its like real snow, and I'm in Antarctica or something," said Nadine Fares.

But she's not on another continent. She's in Lowndes County at Wild Adventures' Snow Days. "People come in from all over to see the snow, we get them coming in from Tallahassee, Jacksonville and a little further north than Georgia to enjoy it," said Sara Sumner.

It's the third year the park has transformed into a winter wonderland, and each year it gets bigger and better. "We created two snow hills, one for the big kids and one for the small ones, two snow pits, and our ice rink," said Sumner.

It looks and feels like the real thing, so the big question is, how do you bring snow to South Georgia? "They put it through a snowmaker and the ice goes in as chunks and comes out like it's snowing," said Sumner. "They spray it onto the hills and in the snow pits."

It all starts with 100 tons of ice, then about 25 tons each day to keep things fresh. "We're from Florida so the kids don't know the difference," said Rob Brannon.

And even if its not the real thing, it may be the only chance these kids get to enjoy a white winter.

Snow Days runs through February 28th.

posted at 3:50 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com