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Fair and fest pull together for family fun

The YMCA/NAACP Family Fun Day at Mountain Mist Camp Saturday put two efforts into one.

With two organizations in conflict on the same June date, organizers of the Meriden YMCA Family Fun Fest and the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP’s Get Out & Play Health Fair decided to combine the two established events, and everybody doubled their fun as an estimated 1,500 flocked to Mountain Mist on a summery, 85-degree afternoon. By the end of the event, the turnout exceeded everyone´s expectations. Steve Markoja, operations director for the YMCA, who has been associated with the Y’s Family Fun Fest for the last seven years, said 1,500 attendees passed by the gatehouse at the entrance to Mountain Mist. “Really it´s grown and taken on a life of its own,” Markoja said. “What’s better than seeing these kids’ smiling faces?”

12 Tips for Water Safety

Remember when you were a child, and the pool, lake, or ocean was the most inviting summer place you knew? You dreamed about swimming, playing with your friends, and having fun splashing around. But then there was always someone...your mother, father, grandparent, camp counselor, or chaperone whose voice pierced the air with the familiar, “Be careful! Stay together. Don’t go in the deep water. Watch out for those waves! Did you wait an hour after eating?”

Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration held at the Meriden YMCA

Families celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday month with a another free fun family event at the Meriden YMCA.

The Cat in the Hat read stories, we went fishing for “One Fish, Two Fish,” created hats for “Cat in the Hat” and another art project for “Put Me In the Zoo”.

Instead of “Hopping on Pop” we hopped in our bouncy houses.

Everyone enjoyed healthy snacks and entered drawings for a chance to win free classes.

For information visit or call Joan at (203) 235-6386 ext. 16.


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