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WARF to host first ‘Town Limits’ celebration on July 3

Wednesday, Jun. 24 | By Hannah Dellinger
Shaun Tiller of Warrenton tumbles down an inflatable slide. Several child-friendly attractions are planned at the first Warrenton Town Limits celebration on July 3.
Photo by Alisa Booze Troetschel/One Boat Media
The Warrenton Parks and Recreation Department is providing more free family-friendly community events than it ever has before.

The Warrenton Town Limits Celebration, set for July 3, is just one of the many new events that Parks and Rec is providing this year.
There will be fireworks, local bands, Warrenton vendors, bounce houses, scavenger hunts, line dancing and much more for residents to enjoy.

“When they made me chairmen of the Parks and Rec Committee, one of the things I wanted to do was have more family-friendly events,” said Warrenton Town Council member Sean Polster. “The slogan for Parks and Rec this year is ‘Come out and play.’”

Margaret Rice, director of the parks and recreation department, said that her department has been slowly building up to hosting events like Warrenton Town Limits.

“It’s been a growing process. Eight years ago there wasn’t even a parks and rec department for the town,” she said. “Then the WARF got built, which was the beginning of the department. Two or three years after that the county turned back to the town the parks that they had been managing on behalf of the town.”

Rice said that shortly after adopting the Warrenton parks, the department received money from a citizens group for a playground fund.

“Slowly but surely things have been added to the department,” she said. “This is just the next step in serving the community.”

Polster said that his committee created a Warrenton event calendar for the first time this year. Each family in the community received one in the mail so that residents will know about what is going on in their town.

Another new event the department is offering this summer is Movies in the Park at Eva Walker Park.

Polster also hinted that there will be an event called “Fishing in the fall.” The location and logistics are still being worked out, said Polster.

What to expect at Warrenton Town Limits
The main event of the night will involve a skydiver jumping out of an airplane with a an American flag on his back while the Fauquier Community Band plays the National Anthem and fireworks go off.

The activities start at 4 p.m. at the George B. Fitch Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF.)

There will be vendors from Warrenton serving food, selling goods and introducing themselves to the community.

“One of the things that we wanted to do is let businesses from the town of Warrenton set up a tent for free and introduce themselves to community members that they may have not met yet,” said Polster. “The town business pay for most of our public services with their taxes, so we wanted to give back to them as well.”

Some vendors will provide free food for contests as well. Chick-Fil-A will host a chicken nugget-eating contest and Great Harvest will host a pie-eating contest.

Local bands will play during the event on the Drum & Strum stage on the Country Chevrolet field.

Rice suggests that families bring chairs, blankets and coolers to set up by the stage to relax and enjoy the music. People may bring their own drinks and food, but no alcohol will be allowed at the event.

There will be plenty of activities for children to enjoy including a scavenger hunt, moon bounces, face painting, slides, balloons, beanbag tosses and more.

The event will also give community members a chance to explore the WARF. Free wristbands will be given out as passes to go in the WARF to swim, try a Zumba class and more.

“We are hoping that this event will become a tradition,” said Polster. “We are planning to do even more next year.”

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