MOUNT VERNON — The Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Mount Vernon co-sponsored the 5th annual Foundation Park Fun Day on Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m.
Even though the weather threatened the event with cloudy skies and a bit of rain, approximately 400 people turned out to take advantage of the events and the park itself, according to Rotary President Susan Sukys.
“Our goal each year is to provide a chance for families to experience free outdoor activities in this beautiful natural setting in the heart of the city,” said Sukys.
Events included archery and fly tying demonstrations, a casting competition, fishing contests, canoeing and fly fishing instruction.
Kim Marshall, director of the Knox County Park District, was on hand to help out and encourage people to take advantage of the county’s park system.
“Every year the Knox County Park District joins with the local Rotarians and Kiwanians, as well as the divisions of watercraft and wildlife, to put on Family Fun Day,” Marshall said. “It’s just a great opportuniy for families to come out and enjoy the great outdoors right here locally. They can enjoy canoeing, canoeing safety and fishing. In particular, the park district wants to encourage families to get out and recreate together as families. It’s just a great experience for kids. We want kids to enjoy and get a sense of appreciation of the great outdoors.