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May 17, 2012

Class sponsors Fuqua upkeep

DUNCAN — At each meeting of just-graduated Leadership Duncan Class XVI, class members strove to come up with an idea for a fundraiser that would impact the greater community, rather than just one group of people.

What better choice, they decided, than to help with the upkeep of Kiddieland in Fuqua Park? The rides have been around for more than 50 years and most Duncan residents either went as children or have taken their own children.

“Almost everybody with children has been to Kiddieland,” said Gina Flesher, one of the event organizers. “They wanted a new fence that is attractive and will serve two purposes.”

The purpose of the fence, organizers said, is twofold: keep children inside the park while visiting, and also protect the park and its rides from anyone entering after hours. The Leadership Class already has a sponsor for the quality steel fence with Dan Neal with ProCast. He has agreed to do the fence labor for in-kind and will be supplying the fence.

In order to not interfere with the park’s operational months, construction of the new fence will not begin until summer is over. However, beginning the work depends greatly on how quickly money can be raised for the project. With a price tag of close to $30,000, it is a large financial undertaking.

While they will be accepting donations as long as it takes, in order to kick off fundraising, there will be a special event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the park. The park’s rides will be open to the public for a donation. There will also be a weenie roast that costs a small fee and to increase their profit margin, most of the items have been donated by individuals or local businesses.

“We have done very well with food donations,” said Flesher. “Bar S has donated the hot dogs, the buns have come from Earth Grains, Homeland has given us a gift card to get things from there and Chisholm Corner has donated the drinks.”

Condiments and paper goods will be coming from individuals with various businesses.

Along with all the rides and food, prizes will be given out regularly throughout the four hours of fun. One of the members of this Leadership class is Haylee Root, owner of the Palace Theater, and she has donated movie passes and the like for random drawings.

From the great number of people expected to attend the event, Flesher said they are excited and hope to raise a large chunk of the money. Any and all donations will be accepted and all are tax deductible. They will be able to take cash, check and credit or debit cards.

“We think it’s a worthwhile cause and hope to see around 500 people there,” Flesher said.

A banner has been donated to the project and will hang on the current fence at Kiddieland to remind residents all summer that they will continue to take donations for a new fence until all the funds have been raised.

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