Enfield’s Family Day will be packed with activities

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Sep. 8, 2011
Kids at a previous Family Day show off their hula-hooping skills. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Yo-yos, magic tricks, chalk and pies are all part of the festivities planned for Enfield’s Family Day on Sept. 18 on the Town Green. The annual event, sponsored by Enfield Schools and the Lego Children’s Trust, is offered to families free of charge.

Amy Witbro, the partnership coordinator for Enfield Public Schools, said many of the day’s activities will be similar to previous years’ - bounce houses, a 1K Fun Run - but several will be brand new. These include yo-yo tricks by the Yo-Yo People, a Frisbee show with two-time freestyle Frisbee champion Todd Brodeur, and a magic show.

“Every year it grows, and we get more and more people involved,” said Witbro.

One event many children look forward to is the Sidewalk Chalk Contest, sponsored by the Enfield Cultural Arts Commission. Elizabeth Maguire, chairperson of the Commission, said the contest is open to kindergarteners through 12th-graders. The contest will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Areas will be chalked off for kids to display their artwork.

“I’ve seen ‘Star Trek’ [themes] there, sunsets, and nature things,” Maguire said. One year a student even drew a picture of Marilyn Monroe.

Other activities include an Enfield Police K-9 demonstration, a pie-eating contest sponsored by New England Bank, with pies donated by Shoprite, and an attempt to break a Zumba world record.

Healthy Enfield is asking everyone to meet in front of Higgins School at 2:30 p.m. for a 30-minute Zumba class. The current record for the most Zumba participants is held by Brownsville, Texas, with 1,223 people.

“We decided to do something totally outrageous,” said Healthy Enfield Co-Coordinator Pam Brown, “and it’s proving to be just that way.” Those interested can check Healthy Enfield’s Facebook page for more information.

Several school groups will be holding fundraisers at Family Day, selling food and holding raffles. Building on last year’s success, Enfield Street School will once again have a dunk tank. Beginning at noon, Mayor Scott Kaupin, Deputy Mayor Ken Nelson and Board of Education Chairperson Greg Stokes will each take a turn in the booth. The cost is $2 for one ball, $5 for three, or for $10 you can walk up and hit the target.

Many town organizations will also be present to provide parents with safety information. The Enfield Rotary Club will be registering children under the National Amber Alert database. “It’s just peace of mind,” said Gena Fitzgerald. “You hope you never have to use it, but it’s good to have the current information.”

The process is simple - children are weighed, measured and photographed. Rotary then issues the parent a card with the information and an Amber Alert ID number. If something were to happen to the child, parents can give the card to a police officer, and the child’s information will be broadcast to the public more quickly than without it.

“We recommend parents do it annually,” said Fitzgerald. The Rotary Club provides parents with one card for free; extras are $1 each. The name, address and phone number of the child is not printed on the card. That information is only accessible by law enforcement officials.

In addition to giving the community a chance to get out and have fun, Witbro thinks this year’s event will be helpful for families following the redistricting of Enfield’s schools. “It’s a great opportunity for the new PTOs to come together,” she said. Families may also find information about resources available to them in their new districts.

“The whole purpose of Family Day is to celebrate families in your community,” Witbro said. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the families in Enfield.”

Family Day is Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Enfield Town Green.

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