By Lisa Kunkel
Delighted children along with adults, young and old, thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s inaugural Summer Kickoff Festival.
The town closed off the streets between Town Hall, the Herb Asp Community Center, the First Presbyterian Church and the town hall parking lot, creating a festival ground atmosphere with a variety of no-cost activities. Live music by The Rewinders filled the streets.
With plenty of shade, thanks to Security State Bank’s tent, and tables and chairs for the adults, children were able to roam to their delight.
“We wanted to get the community together,” said Mayor Myles Foley, who also serves on the Grow Greybull board. “As we grow our community it’s important to get to know each other and dunk police officers,” he said.
The dunk tank was a crowd-pleaser as firefighters, policemen, and town officials took turns letting local children dunk them. After that fun, the children themselves took turns dunking each other.
Five kiddie pools held 15 squirt guns and over the course of the event, over 1,000 water balloons were filled up for the hot afternoon.
Local businesses set up stations and the fire department, ambulance service, Pathfinder Credit Union, and The SHACK had games.
Parents were relieved for the free sunscreen and bug spray at the Pathfinder booth; thankfully the bug spray was not needed. Pathfinder also gave out goggles, swim floats, and other summer-themed prizes.
Food vendors were Brandie’s Candies, Todd Dalin, Brain Freeze, and Top Dawg.
Kasielyn Yarborough was on-hand with her face painting and Danielle Lampman of Fishing’s Future was handing out free fishing poles, tackle, and more.
A close second in popularity to the dunk tank was Club Dauntless’ massive two-person obstacle course. Promoting their new location in Greybull, the fitness center also had activities for children and adults to win prizes.
Also on sale at the event were pool passes for the new community pool. Ten swims for $5, good for the 2019/2020 season. You can purchase your pass at Town Hall and receive a free gift from Grow Greybull. Choices include pool bags, water bottles, or beach balls.
Grow Greybull is made up of community members serving on the Greybull Economic Development Board, headed by Myles Foley and Paul Thur. Also serving on the board are Ana Tharp, Lisa Kunkel, Roxanne and Chris Harwood, Kyle Petersen, Holton Harter, Cassie Wright, Ron Fiene, John King, and John Coyne. They will fulfill their promise to bring affordable family fun to Greybull every month of the summer.
“They (Grow Greybull) did a fabulous job of incorporating all ages and our kids had a great time,” said Sarah Jacobs who brought her three children and mother to the festival.
Next on the Grow Greybull agenda is the Fourth of July celebration in the Greybull park and plans are in the works for an August beer tasting event.
“We also have been approached by Cloud Peak Drag Races to help plan something in September,” said Tharp.
Be on the lookout for a new community bulletin board coming to town. Grow Greybull has contracted work to local Boy Scouts to construct a community board that is centrally located. Grow Greybull is also in the works of installing a large billboard south of Basin that will direct traffic to Greybull.
The board meets monthly is welcome to suggestions, and always has a project for willing volunteers that benefits our community.