This yearÕs Saturday in the Park couldnÕt have been more fun.
I spent the entire evening yelling like a carnie, chasing errant newspapers and dodging a few tossed at my head. What better way to spend a Saturday?
Hats off to the event organizers, musicians, food vendors (the hot dog was tasty) and fellow boothmates. I want to give a special thanks to my neighbors on the lawn Ñ Hobbytown USA. They put up with more than their fair share of flying newspapers tossed way off target.
Village Life ad manager Ian Balentine and his daughter Kylie, 9, also did an excellent job helping me with the official Village Life Paper Toss Challenge.
Hundreds lined up (not all at once) to unleash their inner paperboy and papergirl, and dozens kept coming back for more. Trick shots through the mail slot earned top prizes and my respect. By 8 p.m. my candy bucket was nearly empty but that didnÕt dissuade the die-hard fans.
Their enthusiasm made the evening so much fun. I didnÕt mind picking up paper after paper or shouting encouragement to the next one in line.
Even after we shut down (officially cleaned out of most prizes) kids came by to visit. One last mug of candy went to a lucky young man skilled at both telling jokes and balancing a ball.
It was a sweet day. I canÕt wait for next year.