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Family Day held in Mingo Junction

Gretchen the Llama was one of many animals at Family Day in Mingo Junction. (WTOV)

Mingo Junction held its Family Day at Indian Creek Middle School on Sunday.

There were games, food and even a petting zoo. The entire barnyard came to Mingo Junction to offer fun for the entire family.

"They're cute and adorable," said Jaeda King, of Mingo Junction.

The Mingo Junction Business Association arranged for a zoo from Pennsylvania, along with an exotic animal show and food vendors, to come to the field. Families came to visit with animals they might not see every day.

"Some little boys and girls don't have a farm and this is a chance for them to go and pet the animals,” said Vanessa Davis.

It was a success in the eyes of organizer Jim Freiling.

The event was originally scheduled to be a part of Community Days a few weeks ago, but was rescheduled due to rain. On Sunday, at a new location, the sky was bright and so were spirits.

"Just to see the smiles on the kids' faces and the smiles on the parents watching their children enjoying themselves, that's what it's all about,” Freiling said.

Because of the day's success, parents are eager to see what other family-friendly activities Mingo Junction may have in store in the future.

"It's awesome. Anytime they can do anything for the kids it's great. I'm looking forward to Indian Creek doing more and more things for the kids so it'll get everybody involved to get us all closer together,” said Athena Wallace, of Steubenville.

This is the first event held at the John Fortunato Field and the business association hope there will be plenty more to come.


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