Hot weather doesn't stop Pok-fans at Family Fun Fest

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, July 20 2016 Jul 20, 2016 Wednesday, July 20, 2016 7:31:00 PM CDT July 20, 2016 in News
By: Allison Ross, KOMU 8 News

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri might be in a heat advisory until Saturday, but that did not stop some families in the area from joining in the fun at Family Fun Fest. 

Cassie Dins, recreation specialist, said Family Fun Fest is a series of events that parks and rec puts on five times a year and each month has a theme. The theme in July is "Fitness is fun". Dins said with the heat, they would keep the fitness level at a minimum. 

"Mostly we are keeping it chill. The theme is fitness is fun so we are going to get a little active, but it will be more like do a little something then rest. There's a lot of shade out here, so it's going to be kind of a low activity night," Dins said. 

To get in the fitness aspect, Parks and Recreation decided to add in a Poke Walk. 

"We figured we would all walk together around the two kilometer trail, maybe people will hatch their eggs and we can see what there is to see and have a little fitness while we are at it," Dins said. 

In the past Parks and Rec has put on a fitness run or walk, but because of the Pokemon craze, they couldn't pass up the opportunity to get the community involved with the game. 

Parks and Recreation made sure everyone was hydrated at the event. 

"We will have some organizations giving out free water, some vendors that will be selling water, there's water fountains. Columbia Water and Light will be doing some misting and cooling stations," Dins said.

Columbia resident Lisa West said the heat did not stop her from coming out and enjoying the activities with her family. She said she was staying hydrated by staying in the shade and drinking plenty of water. 

 

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