Shaw members frolic in winter wonderland

A Team Shaw child touches snow during the 20th Force Support Squadron’s Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017.

A Team Shaw child touches snow during the 20th Force Support Squadron’s Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017. Contractors created snow for the event to allow individuals the opportunity to play in it who may not otherwise get the chance due to the local climate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Frosty Fest attendees play in the snow as it falls to the ground at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017.

Frosty Fest attendees play in the snow as it falls to the ground at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017. The 20th Force Support Squadron event was designed to bring service members and families together during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Team Shaw members play in the snow during Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017.

Team Shaw members play in the snow during Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017. The 20th Force Support Squadron provided an estimated 60 short tons of snow for guests to play in during the family-friendly winter celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

A Team Shaw child skates during the 20th Force Support Squadron’s Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017.

A Team Shaw child skates during the 20th Force Support Squadron’s Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017. Event guests also had the opportunity to throw snowballs, slide down a snow hill and play in inflatable castles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Lisa Morrison, 20th Force Support Squadron employee, prepares a drink for a guest at Frosty Fest, a family-friendly winter celebration, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017.

Lisa Morrison, 20th Force Support Squadron employee, prepares a drink for a guest at Frosty Fest, a family-friendly winter celebration, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017. During the event, approximately 4,500 Team Shaw members gathered to eat, play, shop and celebrate the season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Team Shaw children sit for a photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus during Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017.

Team Shaw children sit for a photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus during Frosty Fest at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 17, 2017. The event attracted approximately 4,500 individuals by providing the opportunity to play in snow, compete in games, take a photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, shop and enjoy musical entertainment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Force Support Squadron hosted Frosty Fest, a family-friendly winter celebration for Team Shaw members, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Dec. 17.

The event was the first of its kind at Shaw and attracted approximately 4,500 guests who had the opportunity to play in an estimated 60 short tons of snow, compete against each other in games, take a photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, shop from local vendors and enjoy musical entertainment.

“This was an idea that we had back in August or July of this past year,” said Lisa Stevens, 20th FSS deputy director. “We don’t get a lot of snow in South Carolina and wanted to try to recreate that white Christmas feeling here.”

Besides providing a fun experience for the Shaw community, 20th FSS Airmen also designed Frosty Fest to bring together service members and their families during the holiday season.

“Everyone’s away from home and it brings home to them and brings them out so they can socialize,” said Tech. Sgt. Lucas Hochstein, U.S. Air Forces Central Command vehicle support craftsman and event attendee.

While some Team Shaw members plan to travel to spend time with friends and relatives this holiday season, Frosty Fest provided an opportunity for the entire base community to support each other and strengthen the links of the Air Force family.