Tribune-Courier News Editor
Marshall County is gearing up for Family Week through this week.
Wendy Baxter, project administrator for Family Week, said the event began in the late 1990’s as a celebration of family with events for all family members. It was created by a coalition of Marshall County ministers and grew with endorsement from county government.
“We’re starting Tuesday with an event called ‘Bark in the Park’ with cooperation from the Marshall County Animal Shelter,” Baxter said. “We’re having contests for pets like tricks, and offering microchipping for pets. For $12, we will implant a microchip into a pet. Any time a pet is lost, we can scan the pet and know where it belongs.”
Baxter added pet photography will also be available.
Wednesday’s events will be at the Clarks River Wildlife Refuge. From 4 to 7 p.m., families can enjoy fishing with a complimentary pole, bait and a stocked pond. Baxter said refuge employees will bait hooks, and help with the catch.
“Thursday night will be the Marshall County Library night,” Baxter said. “It’s gotten too big for one library, so we’ll have events at all of our branches from 4:30 to 6 p.m.”
For Friday, Baxter encourages families to attend a sporting event or to play a game together.
Saturday marks Family Day at the Park. Baxter said a series of runs will begin around 7:50 a.m. And conclude by 10 a.m. Distances include a 1-mile youth run, 2 and 5-kilometer runs for all ages. The Marshall County school with the most participation will receive a $1,000 grant.
“We’re having events for families all day in the park,” Baxter said. “We’re going to have emergency responders in the park where children can see police cars, fire trucks and ambulances. We even have a flyover scheduled from a medical evacuation helicopter.”
Other events scheduled for Saturday include a boat simulator from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, a project from the Marshall County Art Commission and an animal adoption drive by the Marshall County Animal Shelter. Animals will be offered to good homes without cost, Baxter said.
“Everything after 11 a.m. will be free,” Baxter said.
Last years attendance at the Saturday event in the park was estimated at around 2,000, Baxter said.
“This is all done through sponsorships,” she said. “It’s important to keep things free.”
For a schedule of events, sponsorship, booths or information on donations, visit www.mcfamilyweek.com or call 270-527-4744.