Childhood memories that will last a lifetime are made at events like last weekend’s 15th annual Kettle River Family Fun Day in Midway’s Riverfront Park.
The Kettle River Museum in Midway hosted the day, providing concession service starting with a French toast and sausage breakfast at 7:30 a.m. then switching to burgers and smokies for lunch and through the afternoon.
There are new horseshoes tournament champions in 2014. Southpaw Tom Sheldon and his partner Dave Sherbinin took first; finishing second were Dick Dunsdon and Ken Essery.
Family Fun Day always includes lots of activities for the kids. Steve Stewart and his band of helpers kept the fun coming with bicycle and tricycle decorating, a bike rodeo, novelty races, a penny carnival and toy boat building.
Of course there was the giant waterslide set up by the Midway Volunteer Fire Department and a barrel derby—the winner is the one who guesses closest to the time it takes an empty beer barrel to float from Ingram Bridge to Midway.
The temperatures were much cooler than the previous weekend; the sky was overcast and the clouds just dark enough to make a good conversation starter.
At mid-day, just in case the conversation had slowed down at all—and since everyone has an opinion on the bagpipes— piper Gordy Jones came walking across the bridge playing his bagpipes to the delight of all.