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Palmerton Fun on Wheels festival has a lot of activities

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Zach Russo, 13, Taner Strohl, 12, and Tyler Haydt, 12, all of Palmerton, appear to be impressed with this ambulance.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Zach Russo, 13, Taner Strohl, 12, and Tyler Haydt, 12, all of Palmerton, appear to be impressed with this ambulance.
Published June 07. 2013 05:03PM

Sometimes it's nice to be able to channel the inner child that's inside all of us.

Like kids in a candy store, that's just what participants did at the Fun on Wheels Festival held recently in the Palmerton Borough Park.

The event was sponsored by Family Promise of Carbon County, and consisted of a church food tent and food vendors, kiddie rides, free activities for kids, and caricatures.

Among the featured attractions were "A Minute to Win It Race," based on the real life television show.

The event was comprised of challenges with household items such as stacking cups, or unrolling toilet paper by swinging their arms. Once the task was completed, participants raced to the next station, and the first team that completed all tasks and crossed the finish line received the grand prize. Teams consisted of between four to five people, one of which had to be at least 18 years old. One member had to rise, push, or pull something on wheels, such as a stroller, bike, or wagon.

Armell McFarland, of Bowmanstown, said she enjoyed the activities.

"I like the show, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do with my friends," McFarland said. "It's a lot of fun."

There was also a Big Wheel Race for kids ages 3-6, face and body art, basket raffle, crafters and vendors, Myrtle Beach Condo Raffle, Cock-a-Doodle Poo Raffle, open Car and Bike Cruise, Pig Roast, and music by Brad and Luke at 5 p.m.

Last, but not least, was the famous Bed Race, which saw teams race beds around the park and toss water balloons.

Tina Dowd, vice president of Family Promise of Carbon County, said the function was an example of a family-friendly, affordable event in which participants get to enjoy themselves.

"This event helps to build our annual operating budget," Dowd said. "Our goal is to raise $20,000."

Family Promise of Carbon County is a nonprofit and nondenominational organization that serves homeless families in the county.

It is one of over 152 networks across the country, and utilizes existing resources in its churches to form a network of at least 13 congregations who are willing to house homeless families in their buildings for seven consecutive nights, four times per year.

There are over 4,500 congregations and 110,000 volunteers that make up these networks. Based on the support of volunteers and host congregations, Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) programs are funded by donations, grants, and fundraising opportunities.

For more information, visit, or call (610) 379-4757.

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