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Family Fun Days begins at Paul Porter Park

A child enjoys his time at Coal Grove Family Fun Days.

A child enjoys his time at Coal Grove Family Fun Days.

COAL GROVE — A heat index in the 100s and the threat of severe weather didn’t hamper the turnout for opening night of the Coal Grove Betterment Club’s Family Fun Days at Paul Porter Park.

Children bounced on inflatables and ran in water balls while adults enjoyed live music, food and fellowship.

Sherri Mannon and her husband, Nick, of Kitts Hill, purchased shaved ice for their sons Wyatt, 9, and Waylon, 2.

“We always make it for the fireworks at least,” Sherri said. “We try to do anything like this when we get the chance. This is our first time coming to (Family Fun Days) this early, but we will from now on. This is great.”

Bill McDaniel took the stage at dusk as event-goers were getting a reprieve from the scorching temperatures and people continued to steadily arrive.

Carol Gool of the Coal Grove Betterment Club expressed satisfaction with the event just three hours after it began.

“For the first night and for as hot as it is it’s a good turnout,” she said. “We are lucky the storms are staying away.”

McDaniel was the third musical performance of the night; he followed Truth and Nails and Katie Owens.

Family Fun Days continues today and Thursday with live entertainment from 4-10 p.m. and the event culminates on Thursday with a large fireworks display. The annual Cake and Pie Auction will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

This year’s family Fun Days also features a health fair, numerous games, arts and crafts and many other vendors.