FORT RILEY, Kan. " A popular event among parents and their children seemed to be the three-legged race at this year’s Dad’s Make a Difference Picnic June 4 at Rally Point Field.

Other activities available included inflatables, a dunk tank, football throw and hula hoops.

“The event was held to celebrate and recognize contributions fathers are making in their Families and the community,” said Kariga Pratt, Family Advocacy Program specialist, Army Community Service.

Various organizations including MANning the Homefront, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts had informational booths set up around the field.

Members of MANning the Homefront, a group of male spouses, challenged attendees to eat six saltine crackers in a minute without drinking.

More than 275 people attended this year’s event.

Spc. James Smith, 72nd Mobility Augmentation Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Team, 1st Infantry Division, took his daughter, Kyla, to the event to spend time with her.

The father-daughter duo participated in the three-legged race and competed against Sgt. James Re, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th IBCT, and his daughter, Emili.

Re brought his Family to the picnic to have fun with his children.

Although the temperatures were hot, it was overcast, which helped the event attendance, Pratt said.

“The Fort Riley community came together fabulously,” he said.

Upcoming Dads Make a Difference Month events include the Exceptional Family Member Program pool party from 1 to 4 p.m. June 16 at Custer Hill Pool; Dad’s Outdoor Adventure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 at the Living Water Ranch in Olsburg, Kan.; Dad and Me Tea Party from 10 a.m. to noon June 25 at Army Community Service; and Family Fun Night from 4 to 6 p.m. June 30 at McCormick Park. All activities and events are free.

For more information on Dads Make a Difference events of ACS services, call 785-239-9435.

Page last updated Thu June 9th, 2011 at 16:21