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story.lead_photo.caption Jefferson City Parks and Recreation employees Phil Stiles, right, and Kerri Gates, center, shoot photos and video while a truck dumps "snow" in the yard of the Guaranteed White Christmas winner in this 2012 photo. Each year one child is chosen at random to receive a truckload of ice shavings from the Zamboni at Washington Park Ice Arena delivered to their front yard right before Christmas, ensuring they have snow to play in over the holidays. Kile Brewer/News Tribune

No matter the forecast, one Mid-Missouri family will be guaranteed a white Christmas — but the frozen flakes won’t be falling from the sky.

Once again, the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and Jefferson City Sub Shop are teaming up to bring a truckload of snow to one family’s doorstep Dec. 23.

The annual tradition of the Guaranteed White Christmas was created more than 20 years ago after a News Tribune photographer captured a photo of Jefferson City Sub Shop owner Kurt Schlueter and his son throwing snowballs behind the Washington Park Ice Arena.

The snowballs were made from the ice shavings made by the arena’s ice resurfacing machine. Phil Stiles, program manager of special events with the Parks Department, said that was the inspiration behind the event.

The winner of the contest receives a dump truck full of the ice shavings two days before Christmas, creating a localized winter wonderland even when it’s not quite freezing outside.

Last year, the winning Frahm family played in their snow on a 40-degree day.

To enter to win, those who live within 15 miles of Jefferson City can fill out an entry form available at Washington Park Ice Arena, The Linc or Jefferson City Sub Shop. Entries need to be turned in by noon Dec. 20.

On Dec. 20, a random winner will be selected and announced during the 6 p.m. weather forecast on KRCG, and the winner will be notified to set up their snow delivery.

The winner also receives a two-hour group rental for up to 100 people at Washington Park Ice Arena, with party subs provided by Jefferson City Sub Shop.

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