6th Annual Tractor Ride
Baby Bundles of Fort Bragg
By Kelly Bledsoe
This year marks the
6th Annual Tractor Ride on June 29, 2017! The ride is In memory of South Davidson Fireman Tommy Russell and all proceeds for
this year’s ride will go to benefit Baby Bundles of Fort Bragg. The Baby Bundles program was created to raise awareness
of the needs of America’s armed forces families, and to provide them with the needed supplies for their newborns.
Denton FarmPark is proud to support Baby Bundles of Fort Bragg. Recently Karen Miller and Tim Loflin, representing
the Denton FarmPark and Tractor Ride, traveled to Fort Bragg saying, “It was a privilege to have the opportunity to
travel to Fort Bragg, and see first hand all of the work that has been put into this project by the efforts of the Armed Services
YMCA, as well as the Susan M. Tillis Foundation.” Denton Mayor, Larry Ward, and Interim Town Manager John Gray
also visited the facility and are both proud that the community of Denton will be a part of this event. Baby Bundles
provides a package to each new mother that is either a service member or the spouse of a service member who is active duty
E-4 or below; they are delivered directly to Womack Army Medical Center, before families make their way home. These packages
contain much-needed items such as diapers, blankets, and clothing. Approximately 2,000 bundles are delivered to families each
year. The Baby Bundles Program is dependent solely on corporate, community, and individuals’ support. All packing, and
distributing of the Baby Bundles is carried out by volunteers.
mothers truly appreciate the gifts. Many junior enlisted families live paycheck to paycheck, and have to get creative to make
every dollar stretch as far as possible. To receive the “Baby Bundle” is a tremendous help. It takes some of the
immediate pressure off and really let’s the new moms enjoy the moment. Because of the Baby Bundles Program, many moms
have built relationships and developed a sense of community for the first time in their military careers.
In addition to the Tractor Ride, the Denton Farm-Park will host a live auction on Thursday,
June 29, beginning at 6:00 p.m. sponsored by Creek Side Auction Company. The proceeds from the auction will also benefit Baby
Bundles of Fort Bragg.
The 6th Annual Tractor Ride will take place
June 29th, 2017. Fees to participate are $25 for tractor riders and $35 for tram riders (prices include one meal and one t-shirt).
Thanks to the generosity of the following vendors 100% of the proceeds will go to Baby Bundles of Fort Bragg. Larry Furr presents
Southern Theater and Event Center along with Chapel Hill UMC will provide the meal, T-shirts will be provided this year by
R-n-P Farm Toys (Randy and Phyllis Newell of Goldsboro, NC) and T&H Contracting, LLC (Randy Tyndall and Ryan Herring of
Tim Loflin is excited about both events saying, “The
rally is here…this will be the best year yet!” With all of the community support and the generosity of the sponsors
the Tractor Ride and the Auction will have a positive impact on military families. Loflin also notes that new model tractors
are welcome and people without tractors can participate by riding on the trams. It is truly a day of family fun.
Not able to participate in the tractor ride? There is still a chance to make a difference!
Denton FarmPark will be accepting both monetary donations as well as donations of goods including but not limited to: diapers,
wipes, blankets, hats, small stuffed toys, bottles, bibs, socks, onesies, medicine spoons, books.
From all of us at Denton FarmPark, we thank you for your support of the Tractor Ride! For more information
call the office (336) 859-2755 or visit our website www.dentonfarmpark.com
Easter Egg-stravaganza set for Saturday, April
The Town of Denton Parks & Recreation along with area churches will host the 2017
Easter Egg-stravaganza in Harrison Park. It is a fun filled, FREE event for all the local children. This year the Easter
Eggstravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 12-2pm. Activities will include: Egg Drop, Egg Hunt for the little
ones, Egg Decorating, Face Painting, Egg Relay and Egg Toss, Guess the Jelly Beans Jar, Egg/Prize Trade in Booth, a Cake
Walk, and of course the Easter Bunny will be there for pictures!
again this year the eggs will drop from the sky with assistance from the Silver Valley and Denton Fire Departments. The egg
drop is for children 5 and up. The egg drop will begin promptly at 12 p.m. Over 5,000 eggs will be dropped into Harrison
Park that children will exchange for prize bags. Special “”Golden Eggs” will earn special prizes. Every
child participating in the egg drop will receive an Easter Goody Bag regardless of how many eggs they collect.
NEW this year for ages 4 and under eggs will be hidden in the playground area of Harrison
Park for the children to hunt. These eggs are filled with various candies, and prizes and the children will keep these eggs
instead of turning in for prize bag.
Other activities offered throughout
the afternoon will include egg decorating, a cakewalk, and games such as the egg toss, the bunny hop race, and the egg relay,
and kids can enter their guess on the number of jellybeans and possibly win the whole jar, and parents - don’t forget
your cameras! The Easter Bunny has agreed to stop in for a visit with the children and will be available for photo ops.
The whole event, including all activities, is completely FREE. Please note that the
Easter Egg-stravaganza would not be possible without our generous sponsors. Special Thanks to the following churches for
their help: Denton Wesleyan Church, Central UMC, Pentecostals of Denton Church, Siloam UMC, Clear Springs UMC. The Denton
Orator is also sponsoring this event.
If your organization would like
to help or for more information on this year’s Easter Egg stravaganza, held downtown at Harrison Park, call The Orator
office at (336) 859-3131.