Families enjoy annual youth day in Concrete

July 15, 2018

Ava Swayzer, 8, of Oak Harbor tries her hand Friday at making a giant bubble during Concrete Youth Activity Day.

CONCRETE — Three-year-old Silas Kessler focused Friday on making basketball sized bubbles slowly drift across the field at Veterans Memorial Park.

His mother, Felicia Kessler, helped him with a stick-and-string bubble maker at the Concrete Youth Activity Day. It didn’t take too many tries before Silas got the hang of it and bubbles floated away.

As the bubbles grew bigger, a wide grin grew on Silas’ face.

About 300 community members attended the event of family activities coordinated by Stephanie Morgareidge of United General District 304 with grants from the Concrete Resource Coalition and United General District 304..

Businesses and organizations set up tents and held small stations for activities, from play parachutes to arts and crafts.

Just as 8-year-old Rylie Wilber got the hang of hula-hooping with two hoops, she was challenged by Felicia Kessler.

“Now walk with it,” Kessler said.

Rylie let out a giggle.

“No, it’s too heavy,” she said.

Across the field, volunteers from the Concrete Lions Club grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. A breeze carried the smoke across the park.

Lions Club volunteer Bill Newby said that by noon the club had grilled about 240 hotdogs and hamburgers.

“This is great for the kids ... and it’s free,” Newby said.

Newby said the Lions Club has been cooking at this event and others like it for years.

As kids and parents enjoyed their food, Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Devero flew a small drone around the field as kids looked up in wonder.

Devero was demonstrating the drone for families relaxing on a small hill nearby.

“We’ve done a bunch of searches with these things,” Devero said, bringing the drone from 15 to 400 feet off the ground. “I’m just showing off, having fun.”

At the Skagit Watershed Council tent, 4-year-old Brantley Parker and other kids learned about wildlife journals and got to construct their own journals out of paper bags.

Brantley colored his journal orange and red with stamps and outlines of hemlock and maple leaves.

“I’ll do something with it, but I don’t know what I want to do with it,” Brantley said.

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