FULTON, Ill. — Approximately six years ago Second Reformed Church Pastor Scott Stephan approached the Fulton Chamber of Commerce with an idea that he was sure would benefit the community.
Now, after five successful years, that idea has become a Fulton staple that residents have come to know and love.
“It’s not exactly what my vision was; it’s better than what my vision was,” Stephan said. “I think it just goes to show the need of something like this in our community. Somewhere safe and affordable for families to enjoy.”
The three-part, Fulton Summer Nights event will kick-off at 6 p.m. on June 12 at Den Besten park, near de Immigrant Windmill, and in keeping with tradition, will offer a variety of fun and free family entertainment.
And this year the June Fulton Summer Nights sponsors are changing things up to keep the popular event as exciting as ever.
Included in that change will be vintage fire truck rides from Fire House Ministries out of Sterling, Illinois, and a special musical appearance by Clinton native Brooke Byam.
While co-sponsor First Reformed Church’s pastor Edie Lenz expects the fire truck rides to be a big hit for children who attend, she is hopeful that parents and adults will enjoy the music and other entertainment aimed to please visitors of all ages.
“This is just a fun way to celebrate together,” Lenz said. “It’s just a great opportunity to get the kids out to have some fun and let the parents interact with their friends in the community.”
Along with the free fire truck rides and entertainment, there are a variety of other free activities that will take place on June 12 including face painting, two bouncy house areas, a slew of carnival games and other interactive areas where children can find amusement.