ELIZABETHTOWN — The town of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown Police officers, Mother Nature and the public all came together in near-perfect harmony on Saturday for the eighth annual Kids Appreciation Day behind the municipal building.
The event featured several different bounce houses, a pony ride, fingerprinting by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the ladder truck from the Elizabethtown Fire Department, plenty of food, a DJ and a bicycle giveaway.
Over in Leinwand Park, there was also a free-throw shooting contest, a three-point shooting contest, home run derby and more.
“This is a lot of fun,” exclaimed Rocky Johnson, 9, of Elizabethtown after going up and down the rock-climbing bounce house. “I’m gonna do it again.”
Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell was on hand to watch over her grandchildren as they enjoyed the bounce house, and said the day couldn’t be any better.
“This is really a beautiful day,” she said. “And it brought out a lot of people.”
The crowd built slowly since the event’s 10 a.m. start time, but by noon the bounce houses, pony rides and food area were filled.
“We look forward to doing this every year,” said Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw. “It’s a chance for the kids to interact with personnel from EMS, fire and the police department.”