Sunshine Saturday this weekend
by Emily Adams
SYLACAUGA — A familiar community event in support of a worthy cause is coming up Saturday.

The Arc of South Talladega County is hosting its 27th Sunshine Saturday on May 11 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Blue Bell Park. The event will feature carnival-style children’s games and a host of other sales, giveaways and activities for people of all ages.

“We have a busy day planned, and we’re hoping for some needed support from the community,” Arc director Beverly White said.

The day will include three children’s bounce houses and traditional games like the coin toss, Wheel of Fortune, face painting, tattoo parlor and duck pond, along with a children’s workshop from Home Depot. There will be grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and Blue Bell ice cream available, and to top it off, citizens can see their favorite community leaders in the dunking booth, including Mayor Doug Murphree.

In addition, Sunshine Saturday will bring back its popular Mother’s Day plant sale with a variety of hanging baskets, ferns and flats of plants just in time for the holiday.

“We will have anything you would want for spring planting or summer growth,” White said. “We have some really pretty plants coming in and a nice assortment. Flowers always make a nice, ready-made gift.”

There will be a $1 tickets for two Mother’s Day gift baskets, other gifts available for moms, and also a $100 raffle for a chance to win $10,000.

“We’d love to sell 300 tickets for the $10,000 raffle,” White said. “I don’t know if that’s a possibility, but that’s our goal.”

The second annual charity bike ride will also happen in conjunction with the day. It begins at 9 a.m. at the park with the ride starting at 11 a.m. Fees will apply. Contact Shannon Lindsey at 256-872-0132 for details.

This will be Sunshine Saturday’s second year back after an 11-year break following its 25th anniversary in 2000. White said they brought the event back last year to compensate for state and local funding cuts, and if it went well, they again hoped to make it an annual event.

“It did really well last year, and we were very pleased with the response,” White said. “We continued the $10,000 raffle and the Mother’s Day plant sale during the years off, but we’ve just been cut in so many places, we had to generate some more revenue, so we’re glad to bring this event back.”

The weather may get wet Saturday, but White said they are ready for a sunshine-y day no matter what.

“We’re hoping for pretty weather, though it’s looking bleak, but we will be there rain or shine, and we need everybody to come out and support us,” she said.

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