Rollin' around on the lawn

Bubble balls were a hit on the lawn at the Fruitland Community Park during the 2018 Fruitland Family Fun Days, which is slated this year for Saturday.

Looking for fun activities free of cost? Look no further than Fruitland Family Fun Day. The city of Fruitland is bringing back the annual event to the Fruitland Community Park on Sept. 14. To say there’s something for everyone is somewhat of an understatement. Fruitland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kimberly Burgess explained that this one-day event has been something that the Chamber has taken over from Fruitland Community Events and has been putting on for the past couple of years.

Burgess emphasized that this event is free to the public and it’s a chance for the Chamber to “give back to the community for supporting us.” The committee that oversees Fruitland Family Fun Day is made up of local business members working with community volunteers Dawn Callaham, Nancy Lopez and Lucinda Day in bringing this event to the public. Burgess described these three as being the “powerhouses behind the committee” and said how all three brought so much to last year’s event that she would be remiss in not mentioning their contributions.

Lopez organized the entertainment, Day assembled the vendors and Callaham served as event organizer. Burgess explained that she was away from town for an extended period of time and this group of volunteers, along with the committee, were able to bring this event to life.

“It takes a great group of volunteers to put on an event of this magnitude. There are a lot of moving parts. Quite literally,” she laughed.

This year’s Fruitland Family Fun Day has a full roster of activities planned, including: laser tag, a carousel, a dunk tank, a magician, a marching band and face-painting. Joining in the fun are a host of Disney characters that have been invited to the event. New to this year’s Fun Day is Matt’s Famous Spartan Course – a Spartan-type obstacle course just for the kids.

Burgess stated that last year’s event was attended by over 1,500 people and she expects this year’s to bring in crowds of comparable sizes. The two main sponsors of this year’s Fun Day are Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario and St. Luke’s Medical Center.

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