Patterson Street Community Fun Day held Saturday

Published 4:44 pm Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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After a dreary week, residents celebrated a break in the weather Saturday at the second annual Patterson Street Community Fun Day.

The event, which is sponsored and brought on by the Atmore Police and Fire Departments, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Councilwoman Eunice Johnson, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Atmore, the Poarch Creek Indians and Stephen Johnson, among others, is an opportunity for the community to come together in love and unity, officials said.

Johnson said the event means a lot to her because she loves people, and as her shirt indicated it’s about serving the community.

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“We’re excited to do this for the people because it’s about love, it’s about unity and it’s about strength,” Johnsons aid. “When a community comes together, that’s what we exemplify.”

Through the efforts of many, members of the community dined on free hot dogs, snow cones, barbecue chicken and chicken alfredo from Curtis Tucker’s Rainbow for Kids, popcorn, water and sodas. Additionally, kids were able to enjoy water slides and bouncey features.

Johnson said the idea of having a community fun day came from a vision.

“The Lord gave me a vision for this,” she said. “I brought this to the council, and (APD) Chief (Chuck) Brooks stood up and said we also had an idea of this sort, and would we mind bringing this together.”

Johnson said Brooks later suggested that the event become an annual thing.

Johnson said the event is important to bring the community together.

“The theme is inspiring our community to go forward in strength and love and unity, and to bring us together to enjoy it,” she said. “But, most of all, it’s for the kids.”

The fun day also featured guest speakers, including Brooks, Sheriff Heath Jackson and Evangelist Elouise Sprueil.