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First Family Fun Day Saturday in Gladstone

Press Photo by Beth Wischmeyer Tabatha Hoffart, 14, demonstrates how to play a ball-shoot game as Acacia Fossum, 10, left, and Ayanna Fossum, 7, watch Tuesday afternoon in Gladstone. The game is one of many to be played during the first Gladstone Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Rose Park.

GLADSTONE -- A day aimed at bringing communities together is the goal of a Gladstone resident, prompting her to coordinate the first Gladstone Family Fun Day, slated for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Karen Terrill said while in Oklahoma during the Fourth of July, she got the idea for the event.

"They had a Fourth of July party at the school before the fireworks and they had a carnival like this, with kind of oddball games and it was so much fun," Terrill said.

Terrill is one of the main organizers of the event and hopes many communities can come together.

Most of the games are homemade and Terrill made some of them up.

"Most of the games we've come up with are just some of the old-time games that you played at county fairs back in my day," Terrill said with a laugh.

Terrill enlisted area kids to help test the games before the event.

Gladstone residents Tabatha Hoffart, 14, Ayanna Fossum, 7 and Acacia Fossum, 10, say the games seem pretty fun and they're excited for Saturday's event.

"It's really an opportunity to get out and come together as a community and spend some time together," said Michelle Fossum, mother to Ayanna and Acacia.

"We're usually just running back and forth to Dickinson. Well our family anyways," she said laughing.

A three-legged race, a turtle race, a water balloon toss and a haystack coin hunt are part of the festivities.

Costs for the event are minimal, she added, with many donations from area businesses and organizations.

"We've borrowed a lot of things from people so we wouldn't have to purchase things," Terrill said. "The prizes -- we've got excellent prizes."

For those looking to show off their culinary skills, a cheesecake contest will be held.

Craft and food vendors are welcome to set up in the park and there is a suggested $5 donation, Terrill said.

Funds from the event go to spruce up Prairie Rose Park, which Terrill said needs some updates, including a resurfacing of the basketball court, painting and other park improvement projects.

"If we can do a really good job on it and everyone has fun (we will do it again), because that is the main purpose is to bring the communities together and get to know each other better and be there for each other," Terrill said of the event. "If it's a hit, then definitely, it'll be a first annual."

For information or to register as a vendor, contact Terrill at 701-483-6483.

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