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Volunteers prep for #039;Fun Days#039;

A weekend full of family fun is looming on the horizon, but the weekend does not come together itself.

The Coal Grove Betterment Club's annual Family Fun Days has been an event in the area for more than 25 years.

"It's an effort primarily of volunteers, we ask and they help," said Roger Allen, vice president of the club. "The credit goes far and wide."

The help comes from the Dawson-Bryant schools, people serving community service and others in the county.Help also comes in the form of donations.

"We get a lot of donations and those come from all over the county," Allen said.

The event is paid for by those donations and fund-raisers throughout the year.

Coal Grove Betterment Club secretary Carol Gool said they have received donations from the village and local businesses. She said the club has hosted turkey and spaghetti dinners and road blocks to help generate funds.

"We just got out and begged money in the street," Gool said.

The money goes toward booking bands, the fireworks and cleaning the Paul Porter Park where the three-day annual event takes place.

Allen said the volunteers have been washing and staining the playground equipment, stairs and shelters in an effort to prepare for the event's July 1 start.

"We're working like dogs," Gool said.

The Coal Grove Betterment Club was created in 1977 and has been ever changing.

"The club today is a totally new group of people," Allen said. "It's an on going group that changes but keeps going."