Fatherfest was a sucess. This year we decided to move Fatherfest to a new location, off site! The goal is for it to be an annual community event. This year was one step closer to that goal as we opened it up to the community and they responded well. We had at least 200 people come through and take part.
Fatherfest offered live music, free food,, games, entertainment, and activities ran by community organizations. Some of the organizations that were a part of this event were the Rapid City Public Library and Girlsmart. They read books to the children and handed out free books donated by Fatherhood First. The Rapid City Regional Hospital was handing out bike helmets. We had Habitat for Humanity helping fathers and children build bird houses. We had bike rides, squirt gun wars, and so much more We are thankful for all those who participated making the activities a sucess.
Some people stayed the entire event just to listen to all the artists in concert. We had quite a variation of musical genres from acoustic rock, blues, to rap.
Fatherfest wouldn’t have been possible without all the great volunteers. Working long, hard, and diligient they made sure the fathers and children had the best time. Volunteers worked assisted with making popcorn, drawing in big crowds with their talent, and working the game stations.
Out of all the sucessful aspects of the event, nothing compares to the lives that were impacted by Fatherfest. It was great to see fathers from our agency with their children, laughing and playing. Seeing their appreciation and satisfaction showed the true sucess of this event. Memories were made and lives were touched.