AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Sportsman’s Club held its annual fun day of waterslides, canoe races, dancing and tasty food.
The club’s Family Day Chicken BBQ took place Aug. 11 at 50 Elm St., as members and their family and friends had a “fantastic day despite the threat of rain,” special events chairwoman Debi Verseckes said.
“Everyone enjoyed our family fun day. We just had a ball,” Verseckes said. “Throughout the day there were games, dancing and singing, and, of course, the delicious meal that was cooked up.”
The Hamilton Rapids waterslide was a “huge hit with the kids,” Verseckes said. “They just have a blast on it. They can go on that all day long.”
Canoe races were held on the Sportsman’s Club pond, with 13 teams of two, the most in quite a while, Verseckes said.
In addition, there was ladderball, bean bag toss and face painting. Also, Tony Yodice and his band On The Rocks played.
The club's 50/50 raffle was dedicated to a fund for Owen Benway of Oxford, who was shot in the head by his father, Daryl Benway, on July 28. Daryl Benway also killed his 7-year-old daughter Abigail and then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Owen remains hospitalized at UMass Medical Center in Worcester but is out of intensive care and improving, a family member said.
Verseckes thanks committee members Nancy Krom, Joan Pray, Ginny Perry, Carla Walsh, Bob Drolet and Karen Donovan, as well as other members who helped: Perry Tougas, Jim Ski, Dave Berthiaume, Franny K., Al Harper, Jeff Haines and Tim Baribeault.