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Amy Metcalf rides down the toboggan slide with son, Ryan, 3, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Amy Metcalf rides down the toboggan slide with son, Ryan, 3, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.

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Adorned n a pink hat, Shayna Balamut, 4, right, smiles to a family member before scaling a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Amy Metcalf rides down the toboggan slide with son, Ryan, 3, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Robert Garrett-Cole, 9, right laughs at his friend Tyler Waring, 9, after he lost his footing, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Chris Renouard pulls her and a neighbor's kids in a wagon Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Jeremiah Olander, 8, slides down a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Garland is seen on a fence as patrons pass Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Kira Krumm tries to keep her son, Marco Munera, 22 months, still while being photographed with Santa Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more. 'I think he gets separation anxiety,' Krumm said.
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Dozens line up for a toboggan ride Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Caleb Platz, 8, enjoys a bungee bounce Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Cans of energy drinks are cooled by snow Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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John Melby, 5, center, uses a foam noodle to experience saving techniques in a pool on Bear Terstegge, bottom, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more. Members for the River Park Pool came out to teach water safety.
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Geoff Willig, rides down the toboggan slide with his son Reese, 2, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more. 'It was his first and he's ready to go again,' Geoff said.
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Ernie Gonzalez, 8, throws a snowball at family Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Brady Mulhern, 7, is reflected in the asphalt while playing on a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Ali Rivera, 9, center, throws a snowball at her cousin, Mia Oliveras, 8, left, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Mirentxu Lorimer, left, enjoys floating with her son, Sean, 2, and friend's son, Alex Pogue, 3, right, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Children play on a mound of snow Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Raul Herrera, 8, scales a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Protecting his eyes from the intense light, Alex Cramer, 6, of Fort Myers, left, scales a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more. 'This is the first time I can remember it,' Cramer said. 'And I'm going on it again!'
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Mirentxu Lorimer, right, prepares to exit a floating tube Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Brandon Masterson, 5, left, laughs while losing his footing with brother, Ryan, 6, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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After reaching the summit, Alexis Mathurin, 7, top, waves to family Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more. This was her sixth time at the festival.
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Claudio Herrera holds his son, Anthony, 10, while enjoying Celtic dancing Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Michael Mueller, 5, slides down a snow mound Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Mirentxu Lorimer, center, enjoys floating with her son, Sean, 2, and friend's son, Alex Pogue, 3, right, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
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Ernie Gonzalez, 8, warms his hands with family after playing in snow Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.

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