Weekend fun at Forest Park
Forest Park is quickly turning into the place to be for weekend fun, with this past Saturday being no exception.
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
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.