Litchfield Family Fun Day Supports Scholarships
June 5, 2015
by Tom Tollefson
One of the long-standing community summer traditions continued last Saturday at Darrah Pond Memorial Park. Litchfield’s Family Fun Day has been an annual event for over 20 years. The event was made possible by Litchfield Girls Softball. It is their sole fundraiser to support their scholarship fund, which has provided more than $10,000 in scholarships over the years. The scholarship applicants are required to have played two seasons in Litchfield Girls Softball and meet a grade requirement.
The day was a celebration of softball, supporting the youth, families, and of course as the name implies “fun.” Across from the festivities, Litchfield Girls Softball games held their games at several of the fields. All divisions for girls ages 4-12 took place throughout the day. Many of the players and their families stopped by Litchfield Family Fun Day after their games.
“It’s a beautiful day, the weather is fantastic, and the kids are happy,” said Marion Simoneau, one of the family fundraising coordinators for Litchfield Girls Softball.
The day was complete with face painting, bounce houses, food, raffled items, and carnival games such as softball toss, ping pong toss, dice games, a cake walk, and a dinosaur dig.
One of the most popular games was the dinosaur dig. Each child was given a chance to dig through a bucket of sand to find plastic eggs. Each egg had a note inside that would either tell them to choose from the toy box or the candy box for a prize. These prizes were common throughout the day at all the games, as children won candy, toys, and even stuffed animals.
While the children enjoyed the games, parents flocked to the raffle tables to use their dollar raffle tickets for a chance to win a prize of their own. There were 25-30 raffled goodies, including themed baskets, items, and gift cards. The raffled items were donated by Litchfield Girls Softball and many local businesses and restaurants such as Wilson Farm and McQuesten Farm, just to name a few.
“We’ve been here for the second year. It’s nice that the community puts it on,” said Dave Farnham, who was there with his family.