Summer Bash 2007 set to bring fun times for all Sept. 22

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  • By Holly Birchfield
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Summer Bash 2007 is set to give the Robins community their last chance at fun in the sun Sept. 22.

The annual event will take place at Robins Park from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. - just one day after summer's official end. The event will bring a variety of entertainment for family members of all ages to enjoy, including a 24-foot rock wall climb and an Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course.

Julie Hawkins, chief of the Family Members Program Flight in the 78th Mission Support Group's Services Division, said the family-oriented day is the Services Division's way of giving back to its customers.

"Summer Bash is the Services Division's annual customer appreciation program," she said. "It's designed to say thank you to our customers and hopefully draw some future customers in as well."

The summer-time tradition has spanned more than 30 years in the base community, Ms. Hawkins said.

"This year, it's going to be a wholesome, family-fun event with a carnival-like atmosphere," she said. "We will have some rides and activities which appeal to all ages."

Ms. Hawkins said in addition to the obstacle course and rock wall climb, those with wristbands will be able to enjoy an inflatable bounce house and a merry-go-round.

Some rides, however, will be off limits to some Summer Bash-goers based on age or other criteria, per restrictions set by the ride owners, Ms. Hawkins said.

Robins' Fitness Center will also offer events including dodge ball, punt, pass and kick, and a horse shoes match. The six-hour event will be marked with music from live bands.

Linda Hinkle, director of marketing for the 78th Services Division, said there will be something for craft lovers as well.

"We're going to have a craft fair under the Friendship Pavilion, and this is the second year that we've done that," she said.

The craft fair, sponsored by the Arts and Crafts Center on base, will offer a variety of hand-made items.

While people are welcome to bring their own picnic, base organizations will be selling various foods and the 78th Services Division will sell beverages.

Before the day's done, each person will have a chance at winning a number of door prizes and giveaways at Summer Bash. Last year's giveaways included an all-expense paid trip to Kissimmee, Fla., and she hopes this year's prizes will be just as good.

With the possibility of hot weather, Ms. Hawkins said people should take the necessary precautions to stay cool and avoid heat-related illness. Wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as well as staying in the shade as much as possible could help people enjoy the day without getting burned by the heat.

Regardless of the weather, this year's Summer Bash will have the hearts of kids who are old and young pounding with excitement.