Fun on Sunday at two Norwich venues

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Norwich - posted Tue., Sep. 20, 2011
The pack takes off for the annual 'Harry O Fun Run' at Mohegan Park. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
The pack takes off for the annual 'Harry O Fun Run' at Mohegan Park. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

Sunday was fun day at two different venues in Norwich. On Sept. 18, the annual Family Fun Day at Mohegan Park featured the Harry O Fun Run for kids, now in its 25th year, which drew more than 200 runners from age 5 through 14. The day also featured an array of activities, from face painting, to a petting zoo, to cookie decorating. Local agencies and businesses that offer resources for families had informational tables set up, and the Norwich Fire Department offered free hot dogs, chips and soda.

One of the day’s highlights was an attempt at a world record “Cha-Cha Slide” line. While it’s uncertain whether the event qualified for entry in the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the dozens of dancers of all ages who tried the dance moves still had a good time.
The annual event also featured a moment of silence for former Norwich Recreation Department director Luis DePina, who died on Friday and who had been a staunch advocate of the event and the fun run.

Across town at Dodd Stadium, the Norwich Auto Show drew admirers of classic cars from many eras. Exhibitors showed off their restored treasures, from early Model Ts to the muscle cars of the ’70s and beyond. A flea market and craft fair complemented the event.

For the first time ever, the Auto Show also drew a host of aspiring LEGO engineers. Certified LEGO professional Sean Kenney, the author of a book on LEGO building for kids, served as judge for a LEGO-building contest, which attracted entrants of all ages.

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