Weekend fun at Forest Park

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Stop 22 volunteers also took part in the fun of the event, including this group that played a round of Ladder Ball. The object was to wrap the bolas around the steps of the ladder. The game is also called “redneck ball.”
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Forest Park is quickly turning into the place to be for weekend fun, with this past Saturday being no exception.

The bounce houses were a big hit at the Stop 22 event Saturday. As soon as a group would roll out of one, they’d jump up into the second one, which included an obstacle course.
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The fun began a noon with the Stop 22 Family Fun Day. Free was the word of the day with soup beans and hotdogs available for lunch, carnival games with prizes, bounce houses, a fun walk, a disc golf challenge, corn hole and ladder ball tournaments along with music provided by “Dixie Flyers” made for a busy afternoon at the Pavilion/Cow Palace

Eric Day (pictured right, blue shirt) provided some tips to relative newcomers to the sport during a disc golf challenge at Stop 22 Saturday. People could take a turn to see how close they could come to the hole or who had the furthest drive.
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“This is all about bringing awareness to people about the statistic about we in America are losing 22 military members to suicide every day,” said Robert Basch, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 and organizer of the event. “These are people not in the VA system, they are out in the public. That’s why we are making this information available to the public to raise awareness. So we can work together to help people.”

Robert Basch, along with his service dog “Buddy,” spoke to volunteers from the heart about why the Stop 22 event was important.
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The event urged everyone across the nation to go out and be active for 22 minutes on June 17th as a way to let veterans know they are not forgotten, which was very easy to do at Forest Park because as soon as one event ended another started setting up.

There was plenty to eat at the Stop 22 event. The hotdogs and soup beans were bountiful portions for the asking.
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Later in the day the concession stand opened up at 5:30 p.m. as members of The Christmas in the Park organization served chicken and noodle dinners as a fundraiser to support the organization’s upcoming community events this Christmas.

The grill was a busy place, while the pace was a bit slower over by the cast iron bean pot on the other side of the Pavilion/Cow Palace.
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More free entertainment started at 7 p.m., when the local band “Monkey Pie” took the stage to perform classic rock music until 9 p.m.

The second installment of the summer free concert series at Forest Park took place Saturday, when local band “Monkey Pie” took the stage to perform classic rock for the crowd at the Pavilion/Cow Palace.
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“This is very exciting. It’s great seeing so many people come out,” said Janet McClellan, secretary of the Brazil Parks Board who is organizing the bands and the non-profit organizations to man the concessions at the park.

Inside the Concession Stand the Forest Park was a busy place for members of the Christmas in the Park, who served chicken noodle dinners for a fundraiser.
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Learn more about upcoming events at Forest Park, and other local parks, by checking out the Facebook page for Brazil Indiana Parks and Recreation. Free concerts are scheduled for July and August, the third Saturday of each month. The Brazil Concert Band also performs each Sunday evening throughout the summer.

The support team for Stop 22 included friends, family and local veterans.
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