Uniontown Fun Day this Saturday

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2005

Parents often complain that there’s nothing for their children to do once school is out and that long, slow stretch of summer hits.

But that won’t be the case in Uniontown this Saturday, as the community is expected to come out and celebrate the life of the late Rev. Councilman Terry Bassett with the annual Uniontown Fun Day Festival.

According to event organizer Berneata Harris, the Fun Day will offer a wide variety of fun activities for the community’s children.

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“We want to give the kids something fun to do,” Harris says. “We’ll have all kinds of stuff for them at the Fun Day.”

Some of the Fun Day attractions will include two water slides, a “Space Walk,” and a trackless train for rides around the Festival area.

“They’ll love that,” Harris says with a laugh. “I think that’ll be the main attraction!”

For adults, several vendors offering food and other goods will be available and a live band will perform from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the children’s rides and games will cost fifty cents, with all proceeds from the event going to the Uniontown Elementary School playground. Bassett served for many years as a dedicated and beloved counselor at the school and the playground has been named in his honor.

Harris, who is a member of the same church Bassett served as a minister, says the chance to help the community and the school in Bassett’s name makes the Fun Day special.

“He was my pastor, too,” he says. “We’re very honored.”

With the variety of attractions available and the community atmosphere the Fun Day will create, Harris says she thinks the Fun Day will see a good turnout and will make a difference for the Uniontown schools.

“We’re hoping for a good turn-out. I’m sure we will,” she says. “I think we’re going to do real good.”

Uniontown mayor Phillip White, a close friend of Bassett’s, will be in attendance and also hopes the Fun Day becomes a positive for the community.

“I’m hoping for a good turnout, some good participation,” he says. “We’re hoping this will really help our school system.”