Our community center threw it's second annual summer festival last week. Since we are regulars at Zumba, the instructor asked us to come out to get people motivated to join in the Zumba portion of the day. They were giving out free backpacks to those that need them in the community, and I figured there would be a decent turn out for that alone, but as I drove towards the center and spotted the crowd, I almost turned the car around and headed home. They were expecting 5,000 people and I bet they got every bit of that. Luckily we found a parking spot close by, and since the majority of the people were in line for the backpacks, we were able to hop over and play some games before the crowds formed in those lines.
They gave out paper play money for each game you played. You were then able to take them to the prize table to cash them in. I was really happy to see that they were not offering junky toys as prizes, but school supplies. For $10 you could get a glue stick or a folder. It made me sad to think of all those people in our community that had to wait in that long line and the heat for an inexpensive backpack, but I was glad that the center stepped up and made it fun for those families to get the supplies their children need to start the school year off right.
The fire department came out and sprayed the hose off the truck for the kids to run through to cool off.
And finally the Zumba party got underway!
Shrek and friends wrapped up the day with their own dance competition.
All in all, it was a fun day. However, I don't think we will participate in Zumba again next year if it's as hot as it was then. An hour movin' and groovin' in the hot summer heat isn't as fun as doing it in a nice, air conditioned building :)
Does your town hold a school supply drive for those in need in your community?