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Kiwanis and FARM to host Family Fun Day Saturday
September 29, 2011 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Kiwanis president Maurie Deines (left) and member Rick Myers grab two of the hundreds of pumpkins ready for picking at this weekend’s FARM Family Fun Day.

Gering Kiwanis and the Farm And Ranch Museum are getting ready for the second annual Family Fun Day, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

New this year is a pumpkin patch, located near the corn maze. “We had to clear some of the area for the Harvest Festival earlier, and harvested 88 pumpkins,” said Kiwanis member Rick Myers. “That was just a small part of the pumpkin patch, so we’re assuming there are some 700 pumpkins left for people to pick this weekend.”

Kids will have the opportunity to decorate their pumpkins during the day and take them home for the Halloween season. The cost of picking a pumpkin is $2, which will go to help support Kiwanis youth programs throughout the year.

Other kid and family-related events will include making seed collages, games scattered around the FARM grounds, and the Kiwanis corn maze that will take on seasonal and Halloween-type flair.
Gering Kiwanians will also be selling hotdogs, hamburgers, homemade pie and ice cream throughout the event.

The hay fort, set up at the Harvest Festival, is still there for the Family Fun Day. The pedal tractor course will also be available for the kids.

A giant straw pile will also be featured. Myers said the pile will be filled with quarters for the kids to find.

“We’re involved in a lot of projects that benefit kids throughout the year,” said outgoing Kiwanis president Maurie Deines. “In addition to Family Fun Day, we do Safe Kids Day, help with Gering’s Christmas Village, National Family Night Out, Easter Egg Hunt, the post-prom party and many other projects.”

Myers said during last year’s inaugural Family Fun Day, somewhere between 800 and 1,000 people attended. ‘We had people coming from everywhere. This year is going to be even better. The corn maze is bigger and you can expect a few surprises inside.”

Admission to the FARM grounds will be $3 per vehicle with those proceeds going to help FARM with its activities.

“It’s a time to spend four hours with your family,” Myers said. For more information, call (308) 631-0637.
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