Annual event celebrates families, recreation in Hilden

Raissa Tetanish
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‘It’s a good way to get the community together’

HILDEN – With the wind ripping around his face, Taylor Drew’s enthusiasm broke through.

Taylor, 11, was taking advantage of the wind to try and fly a kite.

“I’ll show you how to fly it,” said Taylor, with the help of Craig Burgess at the Hilden Family Fun Day yesterday.

But the wind was just a little too strong for the brightly-coloured kite.

“It’s about getting everyone out here,” said Margo Merryweather, about the fun day now in its fifth year. “It’s a way to keep the park up and keep the park fresh, and to keep the people interested.”

Hundreds of people were out in the sun at the recreation field yesterday for the event, which had numerous activities including a hay bale throw, face painting, obstacle course, sack race, t-shirt design, egg toss and teddy bear check-up.

For Julianne Fougere, it was a chance to bring her son, Grayson, out to meet some new faces.

“We moved here about five or six years ago and don’t know many people,” said Fougere as Grayson moved between the trucks the Hilden Fire Brigade had on site. “It’s a good chance to see some people in the community and it’s a chance for him to play with some people. He’ll be starting school in the fall, so hopefully he’ll see some familiar faces at the school in September.”

When it was time for the scavenger hunt, it was a mad dash to a fenced-in area to find the coveted items on the list.

“It’s a good way to get the community together,” said Kim Smith, who was there with her two children. “I come with my son and daughter every year.”

Patricia Nicholson said the event is also an opportunity to raise funds for recreational aspects in the area, but it’s a fun time for the children.

“It’s nice they have stations for the different ages, and you get to meet new neighbours here to get to play with,” Nicholson added.

Merryweather said the Hilden Recreation Association hosts the event, which does raise money at the same time.

“It’s hard to say how many people we get because they’re always on the go, but last year we had 200 hotdogs and sold out of them,” she said.

“This seems to be a slower start this year, but we will get more people out. There’s always lots of families and lots of kids.”

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Hilden Fire Brigade, Hilden Recreation Association

Geographic location: Hilden

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