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Malyka Walton waiting to be dunked at the Community Day in Chase City. Kids enjoy the water spray on a warm summer night. / August 05, 2020
Downtown Chase City was filled with laughter and music as nearly 200 families turned out for the first Community Day Thursday night. The event was part of the Kid’s Summer series put on by the Mecklenburg County YMCA.

There was a dunk tank, a water slide, a chance to visit with Bruno, Conservation Officer Tyler Blanks’ search and rescue dog, a water spray courtesy of Fire Chief Charles Magann and the members of the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department, live music from DJ Oshal Tucker and hot dogs cooked by Anthony Taylor and Michael Funderburk, the YMCA Mecklenburg Knights football team coaches.

YMCA staffers Jennifer Garrett and Malyka Walton, Chase City Police Department Josh Moore, and Mecklenburg Sheriff ‘s Office Investigator Scott Edmonds were the “good sports” who agreed to be the dunking targets as kids took dead aim at the arm that would trigger them landing in the tank.

The best part, according to organizer Diane Woodson — it was all free.

Watching the kids run and splash, hoot and holler was Town Manager Dusty Forbes. “This is what I want to see more of,” he said with a smile, “families celebrating, enjoying an evening out and having fun because Chase City is all about families.”

Woodson said she reached out to the YMCA about sponsoring the event after Mac Bailey donated $20,000 to the Chase City YMCA branch last year for programming. She said she recruited Chase City Police Sgt. Will Stembridge to help organize the event since he has done “such a great job” organizing the National Night Out held in Chase City every three years.

Stembridge invited local law enforcement from the Sheriff’s Office and town departments, conservation officers with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and first responders from the Chase City Fire Department and Rescue Squads to talk to the kids about staying safe while having fun.

Castle’s Butcher Shop, Monty Hightower, and Hardee's provided the beverages, hot dogs and condiments, and the activities were overseen by volunteers Michael and Autumn Funderburk, Landon Funderburk, Matthew Funderburk, Brianna Spain, Autumn Funderburk, Mckenna Mull, Riley Mull, Ty Spain, Savanna Wells, LJ Barnett, and Brianna Wells.

Woodson said they made the event a success, and for that she expressed thanks and is already recruiting them for the second annual community day.

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