The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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January 29, 2010

Sno much fun

Kids take advantage of the wintery day off

ENID — As snow continued to fall over Enid Friday, there were many places that quickly became familiar to those who were out and about.

Spinning tires, snow plows, people pushing and pulling vehicles, rosy cheeks, snow boots and the phrase “Cold enough for ya?” were all common in Enid.

And, in a few places around town — since Enid Public Schools and area schools were out — sledding was the popular activity of the day.

The Horning family was one of the many families enjoying sledding on Enid’s popular “sledding hill,” the hill next to the overpass on North Van Buren.

It isn’t often people in Enid get to go sledding.

“About once a year,” said Diane Horning, who was enjoying the snow with her husband, Jim, and daughters, Mikayla and Tatum. “It’s the closest thing to skiing in Oklahoma.”

Mikayla and Tatum, who got their sleds for Christmas a few years ago, said what they like most about snow is skiing, sledding and when school is canceled.

Shiloh Redhat, an Adams Elementary School student, shared many of the same sentiments about winter and snow.

“I don’t miss school,” said Redhat, glad to have the day off.

Shayde McFarland also was at the hill with her dad, Billy, enjoying her first sledding experience, but she was either too shy to comment or not quite sure what to think of the new experience.

Another common sight of the day at the sledding hill was small children becoming tearful, cold and tired from playing hard, ready to go home for some hot chocolate.

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