CLEARWATER — If the weather cooperates, the second time will be the charm for North Pinellas County's snow-deprived children.
Snow events in Clearwater, Oldsmar and Dunedin were postponed last week due to heavy rain, but it looks like they're a go for this weekend.
• Clearwater's second annual "Miracle on Cleveland Street" will feature tons of snow in which kids can frolic, with two toboggan slides set up in the street. It will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday.
• Oldsmar's "Christmas Wonderland" also invites children to slide or sled down slopes of ice. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at R.E. Olds Park.
• Dunedin's "Old Fashioned Christmas," during which machines on Main Street will sprinkle snowflakes onto the Pinellas Trail, will take place Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.
The free, family-friendly events offer a variety of other activities, including appearances by Santa Claus. But the big draw is the white stuff. Crews take truckloads of bagged ice and grind it into powder, then blast it out of snow-blowing machines.
About 2,500 people attended the Clearwater event last year, and organizers are preparing for a bigger crowd this time.
"Last year, the kids were lined up in double lines to get on one snow slide. That line never quit. So we decided to have two slides this year," said Karla Jo Helms of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership, the group that's putting on the event. The Downtown Development Board and sponsors are paying for the event.
The snow show is being held in conjunction with Clearwater's annual "Holiday Light-Up" and wreath decorating contest from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in Station Square Park in the 600 block of Cleveland Street. The downtown lighting ceremony begins at 7:15 p.m. From 6 to 7:15 p.m. and 8 to 8:45 p.m., Santa will be taking children's gift requests in the park, and photos with Santa will be available for a $10 fee.
Clearwater's snow party will also have actors playing Dickens characters; carolers; live music; a Christmas bazaar; and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and the team's mascot, Captain Fear, signing autographs.
Meanwhile, also on Friday, Oldsmar's "Christmas Wonderland" will feature pony rides, bouncing on inflatables and photos with Santa.
Dunedin's "Old Fashioned Christmas'' on Saturday begins with the annual holiday parade along Douglas Avenue beginning at 4 p.m. The route begins at Dunedin Stadium and will end at Pioneer Park, where the Dunedin Middle School band will perform at 5 p.m. The city's Old Fashioned Christmas will be from 6 to 10 p.m. along Main Street.
Mike Brassfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 445-4160.