After weeks of rain, Lompoc is set to host some weekend snow.
Lompoc Foursquare Church is slated to haul in 11 tons of ice for a “Snow Day” celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the church parking area at the corner of East Walnut Avenue and North C Street. The event, which is open to the community, will include a free sledding hill for all ages and a special snow play area for children ages 5 and younger.
“Our heart is to love and serve our town,” Pastor Bernie Federmann said. “We just wanted to add another serve event to our calendar and we thought Snow Day would be a good one.”
The event first began to take shape after Associate Pastor Darren Hunt said he saw a flier last month promoting a similar event at a church in Corona. Hunt, who moved with his family to Lompoc nine years ago from Minnesota, said he was interested right away in bringing the activity to Lompoc.
“I immediately thought how great this would be for the children in Lompoc and especially at Vandenberg Air Force Base,” he said. “Many military families have moved here from snowy climates and might love to have their children experience a chance to sled down a snowy hill or make a snowball.”
The snow will be brought in by Glacier Ice Co. out of San Luis Obispo.
The company previously delivered snow to Lompoc on Dec. 23, when Lompoc City Councilman Jim Mosby hosted a similar celebration on one of his fields near River Park.
That December event, which was not affiliated with Foursquare or Sunday’s festivities, drew hundreds of people, despite rainy weather.
Sunday is expected to be sunny with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid-40s, according to weather.com.
In addition to the snow activities, there will be craft areas for the kids and free popcorn, hot cocoa and coffee. Hot dogs, nachos and tater tots will be on sale for $1, although those also will be free for active-duty military members with ID.
The entire event will be funded by Lompoc Foursquare Church.
“It is our heart to put smiles on children's faces and serve with no strings attached," Federmann said.