Lovie Smith, Coach of the Chicago Bears, began his career in Big Sandy, Texas.

Lovie Smith, Coach of the Chicago Bears, began his career in Big Sandy, Texas.

Chuck and Mary Reagan visited Big Sandy in January in an original 1910 Owensboro Wagon-not a replica.  They were traveling from Crab Orchard, Kentucky to Butte County, California.

Chuck and Mary Reagan visited Big Sandy in January in an original 1910 Owensboro Wagon-not a replica. They were traveling from Crab Orchard, Kentucky to Butte County, California.
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Fun N Fall Fun for All

Fun N Fall was fun for all Saturday in Big Sandy. Over 200 youngsters and their families visited New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Church for food, entertainment, and an old fashioned good time. There wasn’t a goblin in sight-only pumpkins, super-heroes, princesses, fairies, and other friendly folks.

The morning started with a soap box derby downtown and a Rotary Waffle Breakfast, but went on to a full afternoon of free family events.

One of the most popular activities for the children was inspecting the Big Sandy Patrol car after being finger printed by Officer Shannon Davis. Youngsters had their chance to be “Junior Policemen”. They flipped the siren switches on, and on. You get the picture- whew whew whew whew…(or however you try to write the sound of a siren). They barked into the loud speaker warning folks to “Step back, or I will arrest you.” It was easy to see the youngsters of Big Sandy watch lots of police shows on television. They spoke with authority, and called folks by name. You better look out-the little ones are really watching the grown-ups.

If they didn’t pretend to be a police officer, they had a chance to practice being a fireman. Three of the Big Sandy fire trucks were in the parking lot. Youngsters got a chance to hose down the ground. Volunteer Fireman Bradley DeCuir helped them hold the hose and aim until they ran out of water.

Children jumped on bouncy houses till they got too tired to bounce any more, and parents with cameras got dizzy trying to freeze a snap shot in mid-air. New Beginnings and the Big Sandy CDC helped foot the bill for three big blow up jumpers-a slide, an obstacle course, and a castle. The Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce helped with the event, also.

SFG provided hot dogs, chips, drinks, and cookies. Frozen yogurt from New Beginnings created a cool snack in the warm weather, and the smell of popcorn filled the air. A ten foot Too Tall man walked around on stilts handing out candy. Hula-hoopers spun their plastic loops round and round until they fell on the ground. One teenage girl dressed in black had some fancy moves, but Melody Payne from Austin Bank gave her a good run for the money, rather-candy. Furry-four legged friends dressed in costumes paraded the grounds. Cake walkers took home prized goodies.

Little ones and older kids alike tried their chance at “shooting the hoops” for treats. Youngsters sparkled their hair with spray glitter at one booth, and had their faces painted with butterflies and other designs at a different table. Several grown up engineers ran a train pulled by a lawn tractor filled with little ones riding the barrel cars around the empty lot.

Dads got a peek at a couple of cool cars, but the most familiar pair was Sonny Parsons’ Beauty and the Beast. He parked his poor ole rust covered, dilapidated 1974 Toyota truck beside his beautiful 1993, 40th Anniversary Corvette. Parsons appreciates beauty, but he also appreciates it when a vehicle just rolls down the road filled with a load of pine needles for his flowers.

Everyone had a good time. Little ones went home all tuckered out and if they didn’t eat too much candy, they probably had a great nights sleep. The host, New Beginnings Church, had a big mess to clean up before their services the next morning, but they always volunteer their time and facilities joyfully. Once again, the community gathered for a great day of fellowship.