OGDEN -- Aaron Jackman could not help but smile that his toboggan made it down the hill as fast as it did.
At the top, the Ogden Fire Department paramedic thought the chances that Sledder 5, the toboggan he and his co-workers built, would go anywhere were slim to none.
"It's about as heavy as it can be," he said.
He and his co-workers' kids were a part of that, as they piled into the fire engine-shaped toboggan and eagerly awaited to head down the hill.
They were poised near the top of the hill on 25th Street, covered in snow from Ogden Avenue to 253 East, with Washington Avenue just ahead.
But the children and the red truck slid down as well as the rest, lights and sirens blaring to a cheering audience.
They even did a little better than the Ogden City Fire Hazmat team, which nearly hit the fence on the way down.
Theirs were two of 14 toboggans that kicked off Ogden Winterfest, an annual tradition to section off part of downtown and truck in snow to attract business.
This was the second year of the toboggan parade, in which local businesses and organizations build their own themed toboggans and slide down 25th Street.
A crowd of at least 100 people lined either side of the hill and cheered on participants.
It was a hit. Last year, there were only four or five toboggans in the parade, said Kevin Ireland, Winterfest coordinator.
The two-day event also has 35 vendors this year, almost six times more than there were last year, he said.
"People just caught Winterfest fever, as it were."
He said he would love to see even more next year, hopefully even enough for the parade to last four or five hours, as opposed to this year's 20 minutes.
It would not have been possible without the snow.
The Ogden Public Ways and Parks Division trucked in about 3,600 cubic yards of snow from "wherever they could find it," said division manager Perry Huffaker.
But the department's workers were proud not only of the snow, but also of their toboggan made up almost entirely of scavenged parts.
"Those are old military skis," said Monte Stewart, an urban forester for the division and the toboggan's driver.
"We found some old playground equipment (for shocks), and those are handlebars from a bike someone dumped in the river."
But their enthusiasm for the snow and toboggans did not match 7-year-old Jackson Jackman's excitement when the Ogden Hershey Facility participants started tossing candy from their toboggan as they came sliding to a stop at the base of the hill.
He and other children fell to their knees to grab the treats out of the snow as if a pinata had just exploded.
The whole experience was definitely "cool," Jackson said.
And that's what the Ogden Winterfest, with the slogan "Where Cold is Cool," is all about.
Winterfest continues until 10 p.m. today with snowshoe races and flag-football contests, among other events.
For a schedule, see the city website www.ogdencity.com.