Pictures with princesses and superheroes, free cotton candy and snow cones, and the appearance of a live “unicorn” made for an exciting Family Fun Day Sunday, Aug. 11, at Lum Park.
The Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center put on the event, the second of its kind, as a fun way to give back to the community.
“We’re a nonprofit, so we rely on the support from a lot of different agencies,” Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center Executive Director Shannon Wussow said during the event. “And this was kind of a way for us to be able to say ‘thank you’ to the community that supports us so much.”
Judging on how much food was consumed, Wussow estimated well over 600 people attended Sunday’s Family Fun Day.
“We were prepared to feed 600 people, and we ran out,” she said, adding one of the center’s board members was able to bring leftover food from a church event earlier in the day to help feed the crowd.
Sunshine and warm weather, paired with a variety of activities, brought adults, kids, families and those of all ages out to the park.
For 7-year-old Rylee Ninez, the best parts of the day were meeting princesses and Suzie Q the unicorn -- a friendly horse with a unicorn horn -- she said as she ate a snow cone with her parents and sisters while waiting to get her face painted.
“It’s good family time,” Ninez’s mom, Dannielle Anderson, said.
All the food, games and activities at Sunday’s event were paid for through donations and free of charge to attendees, which was a big draw for Jim and Brittany Stephans and their family of seven.
“With five kids, we’re always looking for fun things to do that are affordable,” Brittany Stephans said as her family enjoyed their snow cones and waited for the Brainerd Ski Loons water show to start.
The Ski Loons planned their show in conjunction with Family Fun Day as grand finale of sorts to end the festivities.
Marvel and DC Comics characters got along for the day, as Superman, Batman and the Hulk posed for pictures with eager fans.
Other entertainment included performances by the Heartland Dance and Gymnastics teams and meet and greets with officials from the Brainerd police and fire departments -- including McGruff the Crime Dog -- and North Memorial Ambulance.
“I could not have asked for a better turnout, a greater community support,” said Lenora Zino, volunteer community relations coordinator at the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center. “It was really an honor to see everyone come out, enjoy the day, have a great time. … It’s just been phenomenal.”
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