By Woodrow Polston
The Van-Far Ambulance District hosted its second Annual Fun Day at 114 E. Park Street last Saturday. Because of a rainy start, people were accommodated inside the facility with pork burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, chips and soft drinks. Snow cones were also available. As the clouds gave way to a little sunshine, the children took to the bounce house that was set up on the lawn. Van-Far Ambulance District Administrator Wendy Hull, said that there was a steady flow of visitors stopping by throughout the day
“People were trickling in despite the rain earlier,” said Hull. Hopefully they continue to show up because we have a lot of food. We had a lot of donations from local businesses and organizations, so all of the food and drinks were free,” added Hull.
Donations that made the event possible were received from United Credit Union, who presented a $500 check, MFA Agri Service, D and D Handyman Service, Barnes Hog Farm, the Vandalia Fire Department, the Rotary Club of Vandalia, Vandalia Auxiliary Post 2173, the Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce, Sam Chatman, The Vandalia Fair Board, the Vandalia Library, and Bowling Green Pharmacy.
Later in the afternoon, the Air Evac Team stopped by, and the children had the chance to see the helicopter up close. Because of the unpredictable spring weather, Hull said that they may hold next year’s event in the month of June.
“Next year we will probably do this in June. Last year we were rained on and we thought we were going to freeze with the lower temperatures. We had a good turnout for the first one as well. Even despite the weather, there were a couple hundred people who came through. It seems that whenever this town decides to celebrate, we really do come together as a community,” she added.