Town of Ashford gathers for Family Day fun

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Ashford - posted Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
Marlaina Siggins gets assistance from Kim Ayers at the spin art table. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Marlaina Siggins gets assistance from Kim Ayers at the spin art table. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Smiles and laughter filled Ashford’s Pompey Hollow Park on Sept. 15, as friends and neighbors came together to celebrate Family Day.

The Ashford Fire Department cooked free hamburgers and hot dogs for the crowd to enjoy. “We had a great time and many people came out for this event,” said firefighter Ray Stovall. “We had a boot collection today. The proceeds from that will be going to the Fireman’s Memorial in Windsor Locks.”

Cameryn Shindler was excited to be next in line to enter the inflatable bouncy castle.  “I’m having so much fun,” said Shindler.  “I love going to this fair.”

Jennifer Mozeiko took time out from having fun with her son, Owen Pufahl, and friend Lucy Homer, to say, “This event is awesome. We took part in the sack races, spin art, decorating gourds and we watched the frog races. We forgot to bring a frog, so the kids couldn’t take part in that event.”

The musical entertainment was provided by the Babcock Band from 1 to 2 p.m. and then Gail Wade and her band took over from 2:15 to 4 p.m. The audience came prepared to relax and unwind on their blankets while enjoying the entertainment.

Johnnie Walker of Ashford brought smiles to young children’s faces by giving them rides on his wooden horse, “Willie Walker.” Morgan Fontaine and Joline Roy were laughing and having a blast as they were wheeled around the grounds. “The children always love it when they get a ride on Willie,” said Walker.

Girl Scout Troop 65028 of Ashford hosted a bake sale to raise money for their activities. “We baked all the snacks ourselves,” said Leah Crowley. “A lot of the food has already been sold. I hope it all sells.”

Kim Ayers helped the children create a masterpiece at the spin art table. “The kids get a white Frisbee and we place it in the spin art box to be painted,” said Ayers. “The kids get to pick whatever colors they want and place it in the box. I start the machine and spin the Frisbee. Out comes a work of art. Everyone is having a lot of fun. Families came out and had a great time.”

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