Fun in the Sun

Working like a machine! An active Fred Kirk, 7, demonstrated just how busy the brain works by seeing, touching, hearing and moving during Ashville’s 2018 Fun in the Sun program. More than 150 kids turned out for the first program of the summer as COSI on Wheels energized them with its program “The Incredible Human Machine.”

Fun in the Sun programs are held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays in the Ashville Community Park. The 2019 programs start Thursday, June 6.

ASHVILLE — For six weeks this summer, the children of Ashville will be able to participate in village’s Fun in the Sun.

The event series starts this week and runs from June 6 though July 25, only stopping for one week for the Ashville Fourth of July Festival.

On June 6, Team Zoom will be putting on a dog show, Dino Roar will be doing a puppet show featuring lifelike animatronic dinosaurs on June 13, Bicycle Safety on June 20, A block party on July 11 with snow cones and games, Birds of Prey on July 18 and Public Safety Awareness and First Responders Appreciation on July 25.

Shawn Demint, organizer of the events series said he’s excited about the programming this year.

“I think new events keep the program fresh and creates extra interest and excitement,” he said. “Doing the same events over and over tends to feel stagnant or boring. So, by introducing a new event here and there the kids experience new things and one of the new events may stick and become a staple, like the block party, which is such a big hit.”

Demint said he wants to continue to grow the events each summer as the budget allows, specifically mentioning the public safety event which has met that metric each year.

“That event started as a cookout with the fire department and now has expanded to a public safety event where all public safety personnel in the county are invited. Last year, we had a helicopter from Mount Carmel and the year before that, we had a SWAT truck and rescue boat.”

Demint said attendance last year was about average for the last few yeas with the two biggest events exceeding 100 children.

“We tend to see about 100 kids at the bigger events and about 50 kids at the others,” he said. “In the past, the final event never got much attention, now we have several public-safety divisions involved and I would like to see more people out to support them. The motive of this event is to inform our youth of the important roles these local heroes play to protect us all and in return to show safety personnel our appreciation for their hard work. This event will end with a picnic.”

Demint said when choosing an event, he keeps to one line of thinking: will the kids be physically, mentally or socially active.

“Not every event is going to be educational and not every event will be physically active, but I try to include these in every event,” he said. “For example the block party is a physical and social event; not so much educational, the dinosaur event is a social and educational event. ... The dog show is a social event that I hope will help educate and promote pet ownership.”

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