For nine years, the week after Labor Day has heralded Family Week in Marshall County, KY. Family Week started in 1999 by Gene Gilliland, Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller and clergy from around the county as a way to get families interacting. Originally, the festivities included a prayer breakfast and each night of the week, families were encouraged to engage in an event. Over the years, Family Week moved from October to September and became a way for everyone to enjoy family fun.
The festivities kick off on Sunday, September 2, when residents are encouraged to attend church as a family. On Monday, Maggie’s Jungle Golf putt-putt range is a great way to get in some laughs and exercise.
If your family extends to four-legged members, the Bark in the Park will be held at Mike Miller County Park on Tuesday. Pets can be micro-chipped for $12 and the Marshall County Animal Shelter will conduct an adoption drive. Pet photos can be taken for $5.00.
Wednesday is Family Outdoors Night when everyone can fish, play games and interact with nature at the Clarks River Wildlife Refuge Pond from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. If you don’t have a pole…don’t worry, there will be a few available and some bait as well.
Thursday is Library Night, the public libraries in Benton, Calvert City and Hardin will host fun and games from 4:30 to 6:00. In addition to reading, there will be refreshments and door prizes. Each library will have a slightly different set of activities, so visit the www.mcfamilyweek.com website for complete details.
No formal events are planned for Friday night, but organizers hope that families might enjoy a local sporting event.
Saturday is the big day when over 2,000 people will flood Mike Miller County Park for the official Family Fun Day. This event and all activities (except the Fun Run) are absolutely free. Hot dogs, chips, cotton candy and drinks will be available that day. The children can romp in a variety of inflatables. The children can enjoy seeing vehicles and meeting the first responders in the area. The FLW Boat Simulator will be on hand, as well as face painting and a chance to meet “Hello Kitty”.
Spokesperson Wendy Baxter tells the Examiner that she wants to make sure that people realize that Family Fun Day is completely free of charge for families. “Sponsors pay for all the activities. It is truly a family event and Family Fun Day is a way to let families have some fun together. Not everyone can afford to spend $50 on a Saturday to do something fun with their kids. This event means a lot to lots of people in the community.”
Baxter says that the event continues to grow each year. “Vendors who are interested in setting up a booth are not allowed to charge for their products or services, so the spirit of the event stays focused on families having fun together and not commercialism.”
For more information on the event, call 270-527-4744, visit the website at www.mcfamilyweek.com or find them on Facebook at Marshall County Family Week.