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Cameron Townley, 2 1/2, of Chesterton, plays in the bubbles Aug. 17 during the annual Party in the Park back to school celebration in Thomas Centennial Park. | Post-Tribune photo

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Updated: September 22, 2013 6:16AM



Cameron Townley, 2 1/2, totally dug playing in the bubbles at Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton.

Other kids jumped on bouncies, or lined up with their families for food from local restaurants, or checked out booths from local not-for-profits, among other activities.

Mom Jessica Townley, of Chesterton, said it was the second year she’d brought her son to the Party in the Park, a back-to-school celebration put on by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. The chamber held the event for the eighth year in a row on Aug. 17, at Thomas Centennial Park.

“There’s all this kids’ stuff, it’s free and, and it will wear him down right before he goes to sleep,” she said.

Between 800 and 1,000 people typically come to the party, said Allyson Baughman, the chamber’s marketing director. This year’s event included 13 local restaurants for a community potluck; 10 not-for-profits doing kids’ games; and a wide array of bouncies sponsored by Road to Life Church.

Sitting by a bell-ringing game and letting kids pick out pencils, stickers and other prizes, Barb Wilson, president of the Chesterton Lions Club, said this is the first year the club participated in the festival.

The Lions Club takes on an assortment of vision-related projects, including vision testing in the schools and glasses for those in need, Wilson said, and the festival is a good way to let the community know what the club does.

“It’s nice they have something for kids to do with their families,” she said.

Linda Nabham and her husband brought their two young granddaughters to the festival. The Nabhams recently moved to Chesterton from Portage.

The girls were excited about the bouncies, Nabham said, while they waited in line to enter one.

“We had the girls tonight and thought, this is going to be perfect,” she said.



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