VFW hosts Family Freedom Festival


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Deputy Wesley Church from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office fingerprints a smiling nine-year-old Abram Richardson.


Arianna Goins (far right) claimed top prize in the youth division patriotic costume contest while Jessica Goins (rear) was first in the adult category. Others receiving recognition were (from left) Aiden Richardson, Abram Richardson and Gracie Shoaf.


Gracie Shoaf (left) and Arianna Goins enjoy a game of corn hole at the Family Freedom Festival while Gabriel Torrey watches.


While weather may have limited attendance, those who came out to the VFW Post Saturday for the first Family Freedom Festival were treated to an assortment of games, food and information.

The day was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary 9436 while the Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department, the Pilot Mountain Police Department, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care and Lifeline also contributed to the assortment of activities.

A highlight of the day was a patriotic costume contest. Arianna Goins and Aiden Richardson claimed first and second place respectively in the youth division while Jessica Goins took home first place in the adult category.

The Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department was on hand with fire engine #762, giving all ages a chance to see department equipment and turnout gear. Volunteers also handed out coloring books, pencils and fire helmets while dispensing information on fire safety and fire prevention awareness.

“We try to make these fun and informative,” Pilot Knob Deputy Fire Chief Damion Richardson explained. “And it gives us a chance to talk about our Junior Firefighter Program.”

“We wish we’d had a larger turnout,” noted VFW Auxiliary President Margie Nichols. “This was our first one and with the weather and so many other things going on this weekend we thought everything went well. We want to thank our members and the volunteers who helped with this as well as all the organizations that took part.”

“With their help, we were able to offer a lot of games and things to do as well as offering our community some really important information. We hope everybody enjoyed themselves and we’ll probably be having another one of these in the future,” she added.

Deputy Wesley Church from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office fingerprints a smiling nine-year-old Abram Richardson.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC07537.jpgDeputy Wesley Church from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office fingerprints a smiling nine-year-old Abram Richardson.

Arianna Goins (far right) claimed top prize in the youth division patriotic costume contest while Jessica Goins (rear) was first in the adult category. Others receiving recognition were (from left) Aiden Richardson, Abram Richardson and Gracie Shoaf.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC07544.jpgArianna Goins (far right) claimed top prize in the youth division patriotic costume contest while Jessica Goins (rear) was first in the adult category. Others receiving recognition were (from left) Aiden Richardson, Abram Richardson and Gracie Shoaf.

Gracie Shoaf (left) and Arianna Goins enjoy a game of corn hole at the Family Freedom Festival while Gabriel Torrey watches.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC07532.jpgGracie Shoaf (left) and Arianna Goins enjoy a game of corn hole at the Family Freedom Festival while Gabriel Torrey watches.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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