Despite the weather, approximately 70 people attend FCSS annual BBQ

In the white aprons, from left, FCSS director Crystal Marschner and FCSS Community Development Coordinator, Jean Moore-Lemoine serving BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs at the FCSS annual Community BBQ.

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

FCSS held its annual Community BBQ at Honey Capital Park in Falher, on August 28.

The annual BBQ rotates between McLennan and Falher and this year was Falher’s turn to host the event.

Seventy people attended the event, down from an impressive 156 last year.

The drop in numbers is attributed to the uncertain, cool weather, which certainly acted as a deterrent, but approximately seventy people remained undaunted, and showed up to enjoy the outdoor event.

“So, we still had a good turnout and everyone had fun,” says FCSS Youth and Family Programmer Hillary Reid.

The FCSS Community BBQ is very much a community initiative with Smoky River Fire Department donating the foam for the foam pits, Big Lakes/Smoky Children’s Coalition donated the hamburger and hotdog buns, Peace Region Victims Services donated the bottled water and three gift baskets, and FCSS supplied the hamburgers and hotdogs.

To be eligible to win one of the three gift baskets, people had to fill out a FCSS survey form.

For FCSS, having people fill out survey forms is an important means of gauging the difference it is making in the community, and offering the chance to win a gift basket serves as an incentive for people complete the survey.

Ann Bastien, E Brulotte and Emma Koechl won the three gift baskets.

Other activities at the BBQ were sparkly tattoos and playing in the Foam Pit, but other planned activities involving the splash park were cancelled due to the weather.

FCSS is also holding its “Drive Away Hunger BBQ,” at the IGA parking lot on October 1.

The event is in partnership with FCC and is to help the food bank to stock up before Christmas.

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