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Mayberry Days draws crowd, closes early

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Weather impacts Vine Grove's spring fun

By Amber Coulter

Saturday was a rainy day in Mayberry.

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Mayberry Days in Vine Grove was cut short by rain around noon, but there was enough time for fun and fundraising that morning and the night before.

Jamie Clark said her family got to Mayberry Days just before it started raining, and her daughters were disappointed to not get a chance to play in the bouncy house.

She and her fiancé brought the girls because they thought it was a good opportunity to let them be active.

The family’s first try at enjoying Mayberry Days didn’t go well, but they plan to try again next year and hope for more favorable weather.

Clark’s fiancé, Jeff Nipp Jr. of Vine Grove, was excited about the dunking booth.

“I wasn’t going to dunk anybody, but I was ready to watch them all get dunked,” he said.

Mayor Blake Proffitt was one of the people who narrowly escaped being dunked when the rain started.

He was disappointed the rain cut off festivities three hours early and required the dunking booth, band and car show to be cancelled.

It was successful before that because of strong attendance and good vendors, Proffitt said.

“I’ve spoken to them, and they’re ready to come back and hit it hard for Autumn Days,” he said.

Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly said there was a lot of participation during the Friday night auction for the “Fun for Everyone” playground.

The auction drew donations from about 40 businesses and organizations and raised nearly $5,700 to build a playground that can be used by all children, including those with disabilities.

The auctioned lasted until after dark, and fun and giving continued Saturday morning.

“Up until the weather changed, it was awesome,” he said. “We had a great crowd, great participation. When the weather turned south, everybody else did, too.”

Plans are forming for a community-wide yard sale in Vine Grove to raise money for the playground through booth rentals.

There might be a dunk tank waiting for Proffitt and others at that event.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.