Celebrating 20 years of fun


FETTERMAN—Castle Creek Park was jammed packed Wednesday afternoon and evening with families helping celebrate its 20th year. The entire community was welcomed at the event and many of them showed up.

Castle Creek didn’t just offer its facilities, there were also booths with learning’s and takeaways for kids of all ages. 

The WVU Extension STEM Vistas had a table set for making UV bracelets to help protect during this hot summer as well as bubbles to play with.

The Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center were busy helping attendees make themselves a tie dye shirt to take home. A big thank you to Leer Mines who donated $300 to the event to purchase the tee shirts.

The Taylor County Arts Council had a very popular table of rock painting. Kids got to paint their own rocks to take to relocate for others to find. 

The NCWVAA Headstart had a children’s digging for dinosaur bones and eggs. Children walked away from this activity with stickers and a book.

Speaking of books, the Taylor County Board of Education was also there to hand out free books to the children attending the event.

North Central West Virginia Community Action had a great game set up for anyone that wanted to play some mega bowling. 

West Virginia Healthy Head Start/HAPI Fatherhood Project constantly had their corn hole boards full as people of all ages enjoyed a game. 

The PATCH organization was also represented with a table of information, as well as drawings for prizes. 

It seemed like everyone had a hand in the execution of this fun filled event.

According to PATCH member Alicia Lyons, HAPI manned the corn hole and purchased several prizes, Community Action also donated prizes used for the kid’s raffle, the FRN donated fishing poles for the kids, Burlington donated the apples for a healthy chip alternative, and the City of Grafton donated the pavilion and the pool, these were just a few things that she named right off the top of her head. 

Lyons said that the planning for the 20th anniversary started last year when they realized that a milestone anniversary was coming up. 

She said they were thrilled and surprised by the huge turnout, which was about 204 people for the picnic alone. That doesn’t count the folks that just showed up for the free two-hour pool party following the picnic. 

“I’m really surprised and happy because sometimes you don’t have great success with these things, but I had a feeling we would with this. It has been amazing to see the number of volunteers we have had for this. The whole thing has just steam rolled,” said Lyons. 

There was plenty for everyone to eat as the Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network served up hotdogs, chips, apples, veggie straws and infused water.

WVU Extension Nutritional Outreach Instructor, Jeanette Coole served up delicious infused water to combat the heat and to also educate everyone on healthy drinks with her “Rethink Your Drink” program.

The last two hours of the evening, folks headed to the pool to cool down after an incredible evening of running and playing,

It took a lot of people to pull off this amazing event. Cathy Coontz of the TCCFRN wanted to make sure that everyone was recognized for their support.

“Thank you to PATCH, TCCFRN, Taylor County Starting Points, WVU Extension, Taylor County 4-H, the City of Grafton, RDVIC, TCAC, Community Action, Burlington, BOE, Gump’s Shop N Save, Leer Mine and HAPI for helping create this wonderful event for our community,” she shared. 

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