Family Fun Day raises more than $3,000

Published 3:58 pm Monday, July 25, 2011

Maplesville’s Family Fun Day included games and water slides for kids, singing, food as well as arts and crafts vendors, motorcycles and a car show.

As promised by event coordinator Christine Epperson, the town of Maplesville’s benefit for the Maplesville Volunteer Fire Department was fun for the whole family.

The event commenced Saturday, July 23 at the Maplesville Community Park from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For 12 hours of fellowship, numerous activities and fun, Maplesville residents and people from surrounding areas came out to the park to show their support and take part in the town’s event.

“There was a steady flow of people coming all day long; it was a big success,” said Epperson. “We were fortunate we didn’t have any heat related accidents, which was one of my biggest concerns.”

This was the first time the event had been held, and more than $3,000 was raised for the town’s fire department.

“The county and town were so supportive; my heart was overfilled with appreciation for the fire department,” said Epperson. “It was a way to see that they are in our best interest.”

The event included a dunking booth, where Maplesville High School student volunteers were submerged in the water; a motorcycle and antique car show, live performances; a water section for children; face paintings and food and vendors.

Some of the most popular activities were the children’s water inflatables and games to beat the heat.

Performers on the music pavilion stage included Mr. and Mrs. Barron, Lynn Roe and Family, Delina Lenoir, Nikki Ellison, Will Langford, Last Chance Band and Six Mile Band.

More than six antique cars and more than 20 bikes were present for everyone to admire. Throughout the event door prizes were given away.

“We think everyone enjoyed it, and it brought more people to the town, which is our goal,” said Epperson. “We would like to thank everyone who came out.”

After a day of fun in the sun, the night concluded with a bang as a firework show lit up the sky.

“Next year it is going to be bigger and better — we’ve learned and we hope to make it our big event,” said Epperson. “We would like for it to become a yearly thing.”