Snow coming to Andy

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 19, 2014

If you dream of a white Christmas, Andalusia will deliver this year.

Plans are already under way for this year’s Christmas parade, themed candyland, and Tuesday, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chrissie Duffy got the city council’s buy-in for turning Candyland white.

“Every year we do the parade, and that’s great,” Duffy said. “But we wanted to come up with a way to keep the interest that generated so people will stay out, shop and eat here.”

Duffy said she has been communicating with a company that provides snow machines to Walt Disney, Saks, and other well-known venues for promotional events.

“We can rent these by the month,” she said. “I think it would be great if we put them up around the tree downtown.”

While the “snow” created by these machines dissipates, it doesn’t leave slick residue, she said.

“Kids go nuts over it,” she said. “It’s fantastic.

“As you know, I am the mother of four. I have packed my family up and driven to Atlanta for this event at Atlantic Station.”

Duffy hopes to create snow on Friday nights and Saturday mornings during December.

“I think people would drive from Brewton, Crestview, and DeFuniak,” she said.

Because the snow will only last for about 15 to 20 minutes, Duffy also plans to ask companies to build or sponsor gingerbread or candyland house-type structures for kids to play in on the square.

“Hopefully, we can get people to contribute them,” she said. “We will promote them with advertisements, and kids can go in and out of the cottages when it’s not time for a snowstorm.”

Details are still being finalized, she said, but the playhouses could either be raffled or auctioned.

“There are lots of options on what we could do,” she said.