The Watseka Park District, with the help of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce and Girl Scout Troop 2529, kicked off summer fun with a showing of Cars 3 Wednesday evening.
“It’s exciting to kickoff summer,” said park district executive director Sherry Johnson.
The movie Cars 3 was shown on the LED sign outside the park district/chamber office. Several children also took part in designing their own cardboard cars to sit in during the movie. There were snacks and hotdogs to enjoy, as well.
Chamber executive director Amanda Hibbs said she was happy to take part in the family friendly event.
“We’re super excited by the turnout. We’re going to work with the chamber again to make this bigger and better,” she said. There could be an actual car show attached to it at some point, she said.
Doing this was also “a great opportunity to do something nice for someone in the community,” she said.
The event was also a fundraiser for the Killy family.
There was also a handmade gas truck for raffle.
“We’ve had such amazing support from the community. We can’t thank everyone enough,” said Lynnette Killy. “This is really a special community.”
She said her daughter Phoebe is done with standard treatments and is ready to start the next step of treatments at Duke University when they study begins.
This summer each Watseka entity will have its own summer events throughout the next few months.
At the park district summer means tennis, archery and soccer to name a few.
Park district summer camps will begin next week.
The fishing derby will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 15 at Lakeview Park.
Something Johnson said she can’t wait to put on for the public is a special “ag adventures”. This will be hosted by Watseka Community High School 2019 grad Cassie Peters.
Johnson said the park district has had a great experience working with the Watseka FFA program. Peters was the 2018-19 FFA president at WCHS, and she’ll be going on to study ag education at the next level.
“Ag is more than just farming,” said Johnson, “and she’ll show us all sorts of different ways agriculture is part of our lives.”
These ag sessions will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 5-8. It’ll be free for kids in grades first through fourth.
The Watseka FFA will be the grand marshals of this year’s 4th of July Parade in Watseka.
Hibbs said the organization and its members are something Watseka should be proud of.
Plus, she said, the theme of this year’s parade is “Made in America”.
Also part of the celebration will be the fireworks at dusk July 4.
Before that will be the Junk in the Truck event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 29 at Kay Park. She said the chamber is still looking for vendors.
After the 4th of July events will be the July 12 chamber golf outing. She said the chamber is still looking for not just golfers but also needing sponsors for the event.
Girl Scout Troop 2529 has been very active with the park district said Johnson and troop leader Angie Potts. The girls have been “another set of hands”, said Potts.
She said her girls wanted to help with this because it was a fundraiser and a great community event. “It’s another way we can help a member of our community.”
The troop is winding down a bit going into the summer, as it has done its police and teacher appreciation events and a first aid training event with Iroquois Memorial Hospital. The troop will continue to work with the Blessings Box and there’s a recycled plastic bench it’ll be working on.
“We’ve been very busy,” said Potts, “and I’m sure this summer we’ll stay busy, too.”
Anyone in grades kindergarten through 12th grade wanting to join the troop, or who wants to learn more information about Girl Scouts, can go to getyourgirlpower.org.