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Summer slam called success

POSTED: July 17, 2007 5:02 a.m.
Hundreds of people did not let a blazing hot sun producing 94 plus degree temperatures deter them from enjoying the early activities of Summer Slam.
“We got a lot of kids out here playing and participating and that’s what it’s all about,” Summer Slam producer Ernie Walthour Sr. said. “It’s another hot Summer Slam, but these kids can handle the heat a lot better than we can.”
About 800 people were on hand during the hot part of Summer Slam, but with heavy clouds and a thunderstorm on the way, which seemed to cool things off for a bit, Walthour said he still expected more people to come.
“This parking lot’s going to be full soon,” he said. “But, we can’t do anything about the weather. We are just going to enjoy Summer Slam.
Early activities included three-on-three basketball, softball and plenty of games, food and, of course, water for everyone.
Walthour is overjoyed about how the event has gone so far and said there is still more fun to be had today.
In addition to the sports, several agencies were on hand, including the YMCA, Fire Department and St. James Sports Center.
“I really appreciate everyone who came out here to have some fun,” Walthour said.
Today, the event will be at Salter field on Highway 184, near Highway 196.
Admission is $5 and the gates open at 2 p.m.
The day features a music contest, car show, truck show, rim contest and more.
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