Youth Sum­mer­fest a big hit

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

With school started last week, the 20th an­nual Youth Sum­mer­fest made sure stu­dents ended their va­ca­tion with a bang, but also many of the things they’ll need.

Com­pet­ing in Olympic style sports, danc­ing, and eat­ing were just a few of the ac­tiv­i­ties that kept youth oc­cu­pied, and all com­peti­tors went home with school sup­plies af­ter the July 28 event.

“We had ten­nis ball re­lay, tug of war, a 60-yard dash, and a 40-yard dash,” Galilee Bap­tist Church pas­tor Ken­neth Brown said. “We have two jump­ing gyms for the kids 5 and un­der. Mak­ing sure every­one’s got some­thing to do.”

The event was designed to pre­pare stu­dents for school, and all par­tic­i­pants left with a book bag and other sup­plies.

No one that tried their luck in the com­pe­ti­tions went home empty-handed ei­ther, be­cause medals were given to all. Adults were given the chance to com­pete in games as well.

“The vi­sion is to get some kids out here where every­one can be a win­ner,” Brown said. “No mat­ter what their race is, no mat­ter how tall they are, no mat­ter how short they are, no mat­ter what. Every­one leaves here a win­ner.”

Youth Sum­mer­fest 2018 was made pos­si­ble thanks to vol­un­teers from var­i­ous churches and or­ga­ni­za­tions, and the Youth Sum­mer­fest or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee. They gath­ered last Fri­day to cel­e­brate their 20th an­niver­sary.

/ Sean Wil­liams

Dozens of fam­i­lies took part in Youth Sum­mer­fest 2018 at Bert Wood Youth and Ath­letic Cen­ter in Cedartown.

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