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Callie On The Job: Winter Wonderland at Rent One Park

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MARION -- With the colder temperatures it's already starting to feel like winter. Throw in a little snow, then you have a real winter wonderland. News 3's Callie Carroll learns all about creating fun winter entertainment in this week's Callie on the Job. 

When you think of the Southern Illinois Miners and Rent One Park, you think of baseball, hot dogs and hot weather. But for the next two weekends you can replace fly balls with flying snow. 

Mike Pinto, with the Southern Illinois Miners, says, "We have this big, beautiful stadium that doesn't get used. What do we think about maybe putting an ice rink in the middle of the field and that where it started."

From that came the idea of creating the Southern Illinois Miners' first Winter Wonderland, complete with snow, sweets and of course Santa. 

"I think this is an incredible opportunity for us to open our home to all the people in the area and say, 'Come on in and enjoy the stadium and all the things that we have capable with it,'" Pinto said.

Winter Wonderland runs December 9 through 11 and December 16 through 18. It features ice skating, carriage rides, fire works, snowball fights, pictures with Santa, holiday crafts, and live reindeer.

The Miners will also have Christmas movies playing on the big screen, making it a full night of family fun. 

Pinto said,"I'd like to turn this into a new family tradition for people here, that they look forward to. 'Hey, we're going to Winter Wonderland at Rent One Park,' and that's what they plan to do every year."

For more information about the event, visit the Miners' website.

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