Foamy fun at Sunset Hill Farm
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent August 17, 2013 10:38PM
Kids — and some adults — swarm in foam Saturday at Sunset Hill Farm County Park for the first Porter County Field of Foam Fun Fair. | Post-Tribune photo
Updated: August 17, 2013 10:38PM
VALPARAISO — Zoe Sumner, 7, was encrusted with foam.
Tiny bubbles covered her pink swimming goggles, her blue T-shirt and her denim shorts, but they didn’t quite cover her enormous grin.
“It’s very, very bubbly,” the Chesterton girl said. “You want to wear goggles when you go in.”
And with that, she ran back in, joining countless children, and some adults, in the foam, created courtesy of the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department and the LaPorte and Porter County hazmat teams with a little bit of Dawn dishwashing soap and a lot of water.
Saturday, cars backed up on Meridian Road to get to Sunset Hill Farm County Park for the first Porter County Field of Foam Fun Fair, held by Psi Iota Xi as a fundraiser for the sorority’s summer speech and hearing clinic.
The clinic, said Pat Kugler, past president of both the local chapter and the national organization and organizer of the fun fair, served 75 children from age 3 to upper elementary school from throughout the county this year.
Kugler had no idea how many people pulled through the gate for the foam fest, which also included a bounce house, wagon rides and other festivities. She got the idea for the foam after her granddaughter attended a similar event in Hingham, Mass.
“It’s just amazing,” she said, as the foam got going and parents, some wading into the bubbles, snapped pictures.
Lori Sumner, Zoe’s mom, stood on the sidelines with her younger daughter, Indie, 2, at her feet in the grass.
“I figured it would be fun for them,” she said.
Jackie Coover brought her sons, Jackson, 3, and Chase, 5, from their home in Crown Point. She saw a flyer for the foam fair at the splash pad in Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso and decided to check it out.
“What’s cooler than a foam party?” she said, as Jackson darted out to display foam-covered hands before running back into the crowd. “I have boys and I’m always looking for activities to keep them interested.”