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Horicon Day featured dunks, games, crafts, fun — and advice

North Warren High School student Alex Nuwer emerges from a dunking booth tank after sharpshooter Cole Bradley, 7, of Chester sent her plunging into the cold water with a well-aimed baseball during Horicon Day. Nuwer and a half-down other local students staffed the dunking booth for the popular community festival, held Saturday Aug. 3.

North Warren High School student Alex Nuwer emerges from a dunking booth tank after sharpshooter Cole Bradley, 7, of Chester sent her plunging into the cold water with a well-aimed baseball during Horicon Day. Nuwer and a half-down other local students staffed the dunking booth for the popular community festival, held Saturday Aug. 3. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “This has got to be the ‘funnest’ day of the year,” she said “This has got to be the ‘funnest’ day of the year,” she said of the community festival, sponsored by the town of Horicon.

Next door, local firefighters let children sit behind the wheel of their fire trucks, and showed off their array of equipment.

The Horicon Library conducted a sale of books and CDs that was very popular. Dozens of people enjoyed a spaghetti dinner prepared by the Tin Teepee eatery.

During evening hours, the festivities also included fireworks, following entertainment by the Willy Playmore Band.

One top attraction was the giant water slide, event coordinator Matt Simpson said, noting more similar features will be added in next year’s fest. Dozens of children repeatedly careened down the slide, into a giant pillowed backstop — at no charge.

“I’ve never seen so many kids having fun like this in Brant Lake,” he said. “It was awesome — this was a day they’ll remember in their 30s and 40s.”

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