Family Fun Day took place last Saturday, and we're happy to report that it was a huge success!
Over 1000 people from our community came through the gates on Saturday to ride horses, play on the ropes course, eat delicious food and have a lot of fun! We ran all three of our ziplines (Super Zip, K3 Boardwalk and Zip, and the Burma Bridge and Zip), our Super Climbing Wall, rappelling out of our Wood Tower and K3 Tower, and climbing on our Wood Wall. We also had pony rides going, constant hayrides available, and a couple of really amazing bouncy castles for the little kids to go crazy on.
The weather was amazing. It was the fourth year in a row that we've had a great, sunshiney day for Family Fun Day, and we were so happy about it! The 102.3 NOW Radio Trucksicle was able to stop by with free popsicles, which definitely helped to beat the heat. We're so thankful to them for coming by to add one more great thing to our day.
We do Family Fun Day for two main reasons: to engage in our community by giving them a really exciting day for a low cost, and to raise a bit of money to send kids to camp whose families couldn't otherwise afford it. With such a great turnout, we'd say we accomplished both of those things this weekend. It was such a joy to see so many families having such a great time. Many kids wouldn't get the opportunity to try the types of high ropes course activities that we can offer, or even to ride a horse, so we are so pleased to provide the chance for kids to get outdoors, get active, and try new things!
We'd like to thank the following companies and organizations, who helped us out this weekend:
- Cougar Paint & Collision, for the bottled water
- The Grocery People, for the hamburger and hot dog buns
- Foodbuy and Maple Leaf Foods, for the hot dogs
- Bounceroo, for the inflatable bouncy castles
- Canada Summer Jobs grant program, for wage grants for our staff
- Alberta STEP program, for wage grants for our staff
We'd also like to thank our many amazing volunteers. We have paid staff members who work four- or six-month periods each year, but many of the young people you may have met this weekend were volunteers! Without them, we couldn't have served so many hamburgers, harnessed so many people for the ropes course, operated so many of the activities, led so many ponies around the arena, and more. These kids will be volunteering for summer camp, and we thought they did a phenomenal job on such a long, busy day!