Snow big deal, it’s fun for some and business for others

Massive snowfall in Central Illinois means a few things are certain: poor driving conditions, even worse driveways, and fun filled snow activities. Around the River City, some are taking the opportunity to make the most of it by sledding, snowboarding, and tubing. Others are utilizing the snow and the timing of being off school to turn snow into cash.

In Pekin, 11-year-old Hannah Hochstatter chose to spend her afternoon sledding down the giant hill near Pekin High School. Even though it may be “fast and scary” she had a smile on her face. She even clued us in on how to make the most of it by choosing the right sled. “I suggest getting a plastic one, because it’s more slippery,” she explained.

Others brought their kids and took part themselves. But in order to get up to speed, it might take a little help says James Simpson of North Pekin. “I get someone to push me. You go a lot faster and it’s a lot more fun,” he explained. The hill was full of children and adults enjoying the heavy, soft snow as it continued to fall and pile up.

Elsewhere in Sunnyland, 11-year-old Landon and 12-year-old Kamron were eager for snow to get the chance to make some money. For three years now they’ve been shoveling driveways and sidewalks in their neighborhood to earn money. Between the two of them they say it takes only about twenty minutes to finish a single driveway, depending on the size.

They say they have a bunch of regulars in the neighborhood. “People rely on us to come and do their driveway for them,” says Kamron. Both plan to spend their earnings at a fishing show in Chicago. Kamron mentioned that this snow is the heaviest they’ve ever shoveled. And Landon says there’s another benefit to shoveling, it makes him stronger for football next year.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master's Degree from The Ohio State University.

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