PLAINVILLE — With summer camp over and school just a few weeks away, children had another day of excitement with the 14th annual Fun Day.
Camp Coordinator Kelly McCabe estimated that as many as 1,000 people may have visited Norton Park throughout the day, though it’s hard to tell since entry and activities are all free.
“This is as big of a crowd as we’ve had,” he said.
Though the event was run by camp counselors and many of the kids running around the park spent the summer with them, it is open to everyone each year and has its roots in the town’s fair, which goes back to 1979.
Activities included face painting, spin art, pony rides, thumbprint drawings and the dunk tank, where it’s become a tradition for first-year lifeguards to take the plunge. By the end of the day, which went from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., McCabe said children are able to leave with their arms full of artwork they’ve created.
Camp Director Dylan Fusco said the Fun Day is a great time for the counselors too, who get to see many of the kids who attend the town-run camps that run in the fall through spring. He said the campers came in excited to do the activities and games they had ready for them each day this season.
Kelly Maynard, of Plainville, said this was her daughter Eve Maynard’s first year of camp and the family enjoyed having a casual time with the counselors she spent the summer with.
“The camp counselors and the camp are fantastic,” she said.