The First Day Of Summer Means Snowballs At The Carnegie Science Center

Jun 21, 2017

The first day of summer might make one think of a sunny stroll along the river or a fresh lunch on an outdoor patio. At the Carnegie Science Center, it’s snowballs.

Each year, the science center hosts its annual “Snowball Launch,” to ring in the warm season. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own snowball (likely saved in the back of the freezer since winter) to receive free admission and throw them via slingshot into the Ohio River.

"We've been keeping these in our freezer since February,” said Ed McAuley, of Valencia, as his crunchy snowball was about to become airborne.

Wednesday’s event proved a good opportunity to clear some room in the McAuley freezer.

"I have to move them around to get to the food,” his wife Connie said.

Adults weren’t the only ones to take part in the fun, lots of local children did too, including the Ervig family, of Butler, which brought an arsenal of snowballs.

Click through the photos above to see more from the annual event.