Enfield Family Day held on town green

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Sep. 26, 2013
Adriane Hagen, 5, crosses the Cub Scouts’ rope bridge. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Adriane Hagen, 5, crosses the Cub Scouts’ rope bridge. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The whole community was invited to a fun-filled day of free entertainment, contests and games on Sept. 15, when Enfield public schools held the 15th annual Family Day at the town green. The event was sponsored in part by the LEGO Children’s Fund.

A sidewalk chalk contest was sponsored by the Enfield Cultural Arts Commission. Morgan Ludwick and Anna Bryson created their own sidewalk masterpiece. “We drew a flower,” said Ludwick.

“We hope to win the contest,” added Bryson.

The Enfield Police Department gave a special K-9 unit presentation. Officer Matt Worden put his canine partner, Falco, to the test. “Officer Falco specializes in evidence recovery,” said Worden. “He picks up a fresh scent and leads the officer to the object. It is somewhat difficult to do this, because evidence can vary. Sometimes it can be a gun and other times it can be an object like a phone.  His job is to lead the police officers to whatever is newly discarded in the area.  This can be a challenge for Falco because it can be in an area where the grass is high or the ground is covered with leaves.”

Worden had a little girl assist him in this demonstration. She held an object that looked like a cell phone and quickly discarded it a good distance from the dog. In a matter of seconds, the object was retrieved.

Tom Regan of the Enfield Elks Club worked at the “Soccer Shoot Out” challenge.  He had children test their skills by kicking the soccer ball through the goals that were arranged by different sizes. The kickers started off with a large goal and worked their way down to the smallest goal.  When they reached the final stage, the player that scored two goals got to go on to a state final contest. Alexia Magoon from Suffield enjoyed the challenge. “I really liked doing this,” said Magoon. “The whole day has been really fun.”

Michael Conroy and his son, Michael, Jr., worked at the Cub Scout booth. “We are encouraging all young boys to join the scouts,” said Conroy. “We have so much going on and the kids really learn a lot. We are Pack 391 and we meet at Enfield Street School on Monday nights. Any kid can join.”  Some of the activities that the Cub Scouts enjoy are hiking, peeling potatoes for the soup kitchen for the Thanksgiving dinner and fundraising.

The National Guard also had a presence at the festivities, including an inflatable basketball court. “We have to sink four out of five shots in order to win a National Guard t-shirt,” said Cameron Hicks. “I really like this game. I want to get that t-shirt.”

Trish McDonnell watched her son, Jack, as he tried to sink a putt on the mini-golf challenge. “I like doing this,” said Jack. “There is so much to do here.”

Trish added, “This is a wonderful event. There is something here for people of all ages.  I am really glad we made it here today.”

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