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Thrill of the chill: Residents rush to Black Moshannon State Park for wintry mix of activities during Fun in the Snow

Chase Pentland, 5, tries to put his mini gulf ball into a snow igloo during a game of ice miniature golf at Fun in the Snow at Black Moshannon State Park on Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Chase Pentland, 5, tries to put his mini gulf ball into a snow igloo during a game of ice miniature golf at Fun in the Snow at Black Moshannon State Park on Saturday, January 17, 2015. CDT photos

RUSH TOWNSHIP — It was cold enough to take your breath away, cold enough to sting your nose and cheeks and cold enough to freeze a lake solid.

It was also cold enough for a lot of fun, and that is what brings people out for Fun in the Snow at Black Moshannon State Park.

The Black Mo was frozen more than a foot down, something visitors could easily see as they stood on the surface, watching a demonstration of old-fashioned ice harvesting, with a saw and metal tongs yielding perfect 25-pound blocks.

“My favorite was the mini golf,” said Chase Pentland, 5, of Osceola Mills.

The icy course included a snowman hazard and a tall snow hill with the hole at the top. After several minutes on the slick round, he opted to give up his putter and just drop his fluorescent ball down the chute and run off to the next activity, ice bowling with a friend.

“Chase really enjoys it,” said mom Samantha, who appreciated the family-friendly activity on a January weekend.

It wasn’t just locals getting in some wintry good times.

Scott Sibley, of King of Prussia, and Don Locker, of Lebanon, were in State College for Friday’s Penn State hockey game and found the frigid outdoor fun to be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

There was ice skating and hockey. There was a curling area, using weighted milk jugs and push brooms to get a taste of the Olympic event.

The chilly weather still needed a helping hand, though.

Park manager Jessica Lavelua said that while there was plenty of ice, they were a little short on snow. The white stuff actually had to be brought in to create a sledding area.

Lavelua said the event generally draws about 200-250 people and was on pace to meet those numbers.

“It’s a great turnout,” she said.

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