There’s snowplace like Palm Coast during the annual Flagler County SnowFest.
For its second festival of the year, the Snowfest on Saturday, Dec. 15, was held at City Hall in Town Center, along Central Park, to allow room for the event’s growth. In March, it was held at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
Recently-elected Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins said he chose this new location to encourage the city and the county to come together.
"This year, it's a lot bigger. We've got a lot more attractions and rides and a lot more of the schools performing," Mullins said.
His 12-year-old daughter Clara was the original inspiration behind the Snowfest, which he started in Georgia several years ago before moving down to Flagler County and getting elected.
"I wanted to teach her about giving back to charity and doing something fun while you do it," Mullins said.
Children at the event ran around from the snowfield, which is made with broken-down ice (similar to what a ski resort would do), to the two snow slides, to the rock-climbing wall, vendors and more.
This year's event raised $4,000, Mullins said. Last year, the Snowfest raised about $4,000 for the Education Foundation, which works to ensure Flagler County students have the resources they need to thrive.
Members of the Rotary Club of Flagler County collaborated with Mullins to volunteer their efforts at the event. Rotary Club of Flagler County President Cindy Evans said the money raised is going to the club's high school student scholarship program, as part of the club's donations to the Education Foundation.
There will a check presentation to the Rotary Club in January.
"The kids have been just ecstatic," Mullins said. "Next year, we'll probably grow it even more."