Hundreds of families enjoyed incredibly wonderful weather at the Belmont Complex on Saturday, June 8. Free admission to the pool was just one part of an event that drew children and parents from all of Armstrong County as well as neighboring towns to experience a day of activities designed specifically for them.
“SummerFESTT is sponsored by the Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission (AICDAC) and the Belmont Complex,” explained organizer Kelley Nuttall. “It’s been an annual event. It’s held in June to start off summer. This year we say “pop into summer” with popsicles as our. SummerFESTT is Families Enjoying Safe Time Together. We promote families being together in a positive environment. Our event is held for the community to get together, to keep families together, and also to provide resources that are available in the community for families. Everything here is free and sponsored by Belmont and AICDAC.
Nuttall didn’t have an exact number for the event, but the total number could be near 800.
“With the weather cooperating, you know it’s definitely helped too,” she added.
Nuttall said that the success over the past 23 years that SummerFESTT has had in Armstrong County may lead to holding this type of event in other counties.
“It’s kind of in the pre-planning stage, but was in discussion to do one in another county as well as continuing to do this in Armstrong County.”
Nuttall said being involved for the first time this year, it has been an overwhelming feeling of success for her personally.
“It’s seeing all the families together and having a good time. All of the positive vendors that are here providing free things for the community. Families that sometimes might not be able to take five or six children out to an event are able to bring their whole family because we don’t charge and we have sponsorship.”