By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune
---- — Have you ever wanted to catapult a water balloon at a friend? This weekend you can.
Water wars will be one of many activities offered this weekend at the 14th annual Fulton Fun Days Festival.
The festival first began in the mid-70s, but it only lasted three years. But in 2000, the Fulton Liberty Lions Club revived the festival.
“A community that works together, grows together.” That’s the theme organizers have adopted for the festivities, paying homage to work completed by the Fulton Improvement Committee. Its work has included a new Community Center, said Linda Wade, who has spearheaded the festival committee since it began during Fulton’s centennial year.
Friday night festivities will include The Taste of Fulton, a local restaurant sampler; Caston’s baseball and football coaches will bring a summer food menu; and there will be mushball, euchre, youth 3-on-3 basketball and corn hole tournaments. There will also be a gospel concert with a quartet, A Touch of Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to a greater number of people experiencing the event and sharing in the festivities,” Wade said.
Lions Club members were in the merchants building at the Cass County 4-H Fair this year and received a lot of requests on events, Wade said.
Several hundred people visit the festival annually, and Wade hopes they pull in 500 or 600 people this year.
Admission is free, but the water wars event along with the food will have a fee. TG Enterprises and Red Barn elephant ears will serve food, on top of the fundraiser meals Friday and Saturday at the pavilion in the park. The meal the first night will raise money for the baseball and football teams and the meal Saturday will be a Fulton Improvement Committee fundraiser.
A member of the planning committee and Fulton Liberty Lions Club, Melody Dalton, has been helping with the festival for six years. For Dalton, who has lived in the community for 33 years, serving the community is important.
“Not only do I enjoy putting it on, I enjoy seeing the pleasure it brings people,” Dalton said.
The events continue Saturday, with a Fulton Bulldog 5K and a volleyball in the park. There will be a craft show in the new community building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the parade.
“We have a nice parade and it brings smiles to my grandchildren’s faces,” Dalton said. “And who can forget the food and entertainment?”
There will also be a open and high school 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday.
Those attending need to park behind the ballfield, where there is an entry on the north side, Wade said. The main entry will be blocked off.
A talent show is being brought back this year, and there will also be a bake sell, pony rides, pedal tractor pull, dodgeball tournament and entertainment Saturday.`
Brandt Carmichael and the Wrong Way Band will perform at 4 p.m., and NightShift will perform around 6:30 p.m. Wade said the weather report looks good, but if they have a threat of storms, they will move the concert to the community building.
There will be activities to interested various ages Friday and Saturday.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of events: Friday 6:30 p.m.: Euchre tournament at the South Park Pavilion 7 p.m.: Youth 3-on-3 at Fulton Town Park 7 p.m.: Cornhole tournament Saturday Noon: Parade with lineup at "Grubb-A Local Eatery" parking lot 8:30 a.m.: Fulton Bulldog 5K at Fulton Town Park 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. until finished: Volleyball tournament at Liberty Township Park 1:30 p.m.: Talent show on stage in the park 4 p.m.: Brandt Carmichael and Wrong Way Band at Fulton Liberty Township Park 6:30 p.m.: NightShift performance at Fulton Liberty Township Park 4:30 to 7 p.m.: Walleye fish sandwich meal at Fulton Liberty Township Park 5:30 p.m.: Open 3-on-3 at Fulton Town Park 5:30 p.m.: High school 3-on-3 at Fulton Town Park 7 p.m.: Nightshift performance at Fulton Liberty Township Park 8 p.m.: Dodgeball tournament on north ball field