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Wrapping Up Summer With A Family Event

By Randy Thoms Aug 23, 2022 | 9:02 AM

Several organizations in the Fort Frances area are coming together for a wrap-up to summer.

It’s taking place at St. Francis Sports Field from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The focus is on health and safety and wellness.

Carly Pruys with the Northwestern Health Unit says its an opportunity to get reacquainted with what’s available in the community.

“Over the pandemic, I think a lot of people became, understandably so, disengaged with a lot of the community services that are available in our area, and we really do have tons that are available for families. For the organization, it’s kind of a chance for them to reassert themselves to the community too and let people know what’s changed and what’s available and different ways that they can help or engage families with their services,” says Pruys.

About twenty different groups are taking part.

Pruys says there will be several activities for the family.

“Each organization has been asked to bring in an activity, so there is a wide variety. They have different activities such as large Jenga or snakes and ladders. There will be temporary tattoos or face painting. There are some really cool bouncy castles that are coming. Somebody will even have a bubble studio, and there are also some water games, and then our sports activity groups are going to have their different sports-themed activities as well. Some will be available to assist with signing up for sports activities if needed.”

The event is free, but you are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for area food banks.

There will also be several prize giveaways for taking part. It starts by picking up a passport as you enter the field from the McIrvine Road parking lot side.

“People can bring that passport and get a stamp at each booth that they visit. If they visit more than 15, then they can drop it off on their way out, and they’ll be entered to win lots of cool prizes. We do have some really interesting prizes that have been donated by our community organizations. There are some really big ones, actually, like a kids kayak and paddle, a giant bowling and kids golf set, some children’s books, an electric toothbrush. The different organizations have been asking if they can have prizes at their own booths. So there might be more chances to win other prizes that you enter at that specific booths.”

Pruys says they are hoping to make it an annual event.

In the event of rain, it will be scheduled to another day.


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