Fun fair delights military children
April 22, 2010
FORT JACKSON, SCC -- Capt. Marla Washington, with Moncrief Army Community Hospital, sat in the grass surrounding Hilton Field as her 1-year-old daughter, Nyla, and friends ate snow cones. The foursome were taking a break from the games and activities in which they participated at Saturday's Family Fun Fair.
The fair was hosted by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation as part of its activities aimed at celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child.
Washington said she and her small group came out to support the event and have a little fun.
"It's great," she said. "It creates ... support for the families so that they know Fort Jackson cares about them by providing activities that are cost free," she said.
What is normally used as parking during Basic Combat Training graduations had been transformed into a carnival with fair rides, an "animal" house, oversized bounce house, giant inflatable slide and a rock-climbing wall.
There were also smaller activities going on, including face painting, bowling and a separate area for younger children. Some children even walked away with prizes. Darin the D.A.R.E. Lion and McGruff the Crime Dog also stopped by the fair.