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Fun for the whole family

COAL GROVE — In a little more than two weeks, June will come to an end, July will begin and with it comes the annual Family Fun Days at Paul Porter Park in Coal Grove.

Sponsored annually by the village and the Coal Grove Betterment Club, the annual event is both a three-day outing for families and a fundraiser for the betterment club, which, in turn, focuses its attention on village improvements throughout the year.

In addition to the time-honored activities such as the cake and pie auction and games, some new features have been added. Carol Gool, betterment club member, said those who dream of a vacation in the Smokies will get a chance to see their dream come true. For $5, dreamers can purchase a ticket for a chance to win a weekend pass for a 5-bedroom condo and a $75 gasoline gift card.

“This is something we haven’t done before and hopefully it will go over well,” Gool said.

An arts and crafts area has also been added to the offerings this year.

The event begins at 4 p.m. Friday, July 1 with a welcome by Mayor Larry McDaniel, a flag presentation by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Anthem sung by Chris Laber. Immediately afterward, Emily Vance will perform, followed by Hanna Ferguson at 5 p.m., Southern Thunder at 6 p.m. and The Whips at 8 p.m.

On Saturday July 2, Katie Owens begins the entertainment lineup with a 4 p.m. concert, followed by Derailed at 5 p.m., Bill McDaniel at 7 p.m. and Tyler Waller at 8:30. On Sunday, July 3, Truth and Nails begins the evening’s entertainment with a performance at 4 p.m. The annual cake and pie auction will follow at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. Bridgett Reynolds will perform, followed by The Fugitives at 7 p.m. and Craig Haney at 9 p.m.

Throughout the event there will be food booths, games for the kids and other activities.

Organizers hope the out-of-towners and residents alike will notice some improvements in the village this year. The betterment club has placed five new planters of flowers throughout the village. The planters were donated by Deanna and Shawn Holliday.