Good Crowds Pack Family Fun Day in SalemNear perfect weather drew a crowd estimated at nearly 1,800 people to Salem's Family Fun Day in the Park on Saturday. The Aquatic Center filled to the maximum capacity of 850 for the one-dollar swim day, 94 turtles competed in the turtle races, while others competed in the basketbll shootout and the fishing tournament. A number of churches offered lunch and a variety of games and activiites. Keep Salem Beautiful pointed out how recycling could produce new items out of old newspapers and plastic bags. Other kids were entertained on the inflatables.
The winning turtle in the turtle race was located near the Salem Reservoir by eight year old Keaton Wilkerson of Salem. He said his turtle's training consisted of being held in a box for the two weeks leading up the race and he apparently wanted out. Art Willman brought the largest turtle to the race, a South African Sulcatas that has been his pet the past ten years. Cody Shoemaker of Salem had the smallest turtle, a very tiny water turtle.
A large number of fish were caught during the fishing tournament by the 36 fishermen. In the seven and under catagory, seven-year-old FaithSmith the daughter of Tim and Ann Smith of Salem had the most fish caught at 17 and the largest fish at 11 and a quarter inches. In the 8 to 13 year old age bracket, McKensie Bonsall of Salem caught the most fish, 55, while Brian Cushman ofDix had the biggest fish, 23 inches long. In the 14 to 18 catagory, 15-year-old Devan White of Iuka won for most fish caught with 24 while 15-year-old Danny Parker of Salem had the biggest fish at 15 and a half inches.
The winners in the basketball shootout were Kaden Biagi (6 years old & younger); Emma Reincke (7 thru 9 years old); Hayden Wimberly (10 through 13 years old); Kemper Hotze (14-18 years old); Nate Finckbone (19 thru 49 years old); and Pastor Doug Meyer (50 years of age & older).
Recreation Director Sherry Daniels was pleased with the turnout and all the churches and organizations that helped by providing food and bringing games to the Family Fun Day in the Park.
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