Father's Legacy Picnic allows families to interact, eat, play
Sgt. 1st Class Bunthy Thap and his twin 2-year-old daughters, Erica and Emily, watch a Family fishing June 5 during the Father's Legacy Picnic at Moon Lake.

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fathers were given a chance to interact with their children at the inaugural Father's Legacy Picnic June 5 at Moon Lake.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Army Community Service; Kansas State University Research and Extension; and Child, Youth and School Services sponsored the event as part of Dads Make a Difference Month.

"We want to promote and celebrate fathers by providing them opportunities to interact with their Family members," said Kariga Pratt, Family Advocacy Program specialist for ACS.

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, chips and trail mix were provided, along with activities for the Families to enjoy together.

"We had a little fishing going on, a giant inflatable obstacle course, along with horse shoes and a little bit of badminton" Pratt said.

Staff Sgt. Ondre Miles, 24th Transportation Company, said he enjoyed the event.
"It was Family oriented," he said. "My kids could get out in the community, and plus there was free food."

Pratt said the turnout was average.

"Since it was the first event, this is pretty typical until we get a little more recognition, hopefully over the years," he said. "We want to make this an annual event so that it would get larger and larger."

Miles said he hopes more of that type of community interaction is sponsored.

"(My favorite part was) just to watch the children run and play, have fun without a care in the world," he said. "And to come and eat and drink water from somebody else's bottle."

For more information about events and classes during Dads Make a Difference Month call ACS at 239-9435.

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