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Funington summer activities close Monday with puppet show

July 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Summer Funington activities will conclude Monday, closing out the summer season with record attendance.

The finale to the series of children’s activities is a puppet show at 1 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Ritter Park in shelter two. The free event is sponsored by the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District.

Tyson Compton, president of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“This is our third year, and we were just so pleased with the success and the popularity of the program,” Compton said. “We’ve had a lot of positive comments from families and kids.”

The CVB partners with Heritage Station, the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District, the Huntington Museum of Art and Camden Park to make Funington activities happen. Compton said three out of four partners saw large attendance increases this year and one saw moderate increases.

Heritage Farm Museum and Village had 677 visitors Wednesday, while the previous year’s average weekday visitor numbers fell between 250 and 300.

Compton said Funington activities are advertised outside of the Tri-State area in the Lexington, Kentucky, and Columbus, Ohio, areas, and those efforts did draw in visitors from those markets.

In response to the uptick in attendance, Compton said expansion to year-round activities is being explored, even if it’s as general as maintaining kids activities.

“The comments we get are with people’s time schedules, especially with working parents, it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on,” Compton said. “The fact that for two months on weekdays we had set events happening, they really liked that and responded well to it.”

Follow reporter Megan Osborne on Twitter @megosborneHD.

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