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About 1,000 turn out for Crews Lake Park Appreciation Day

Suncoast News Suncoast News staff report
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 07:48 PM

About 1,000 spectators braved a few raindrops to make tracks to the first Crews Lake Park Appreciation Day on Sept. 8, organizers said.

Thrilled by the turnout last Saturday, event chairman Bill Baker labeled the brand new event as "very successful."

A chance to ride the rails aboard the miniature Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad attracted many visitors, Baker said. About two miles of track winds through the woods in the 113-acre county park.

Commission Chairwoman Ann Hildebrand was one of the first CP&GRR riders. She and other county officials helped the railroad enthusiasts launch the layout about six years ago.

The event helped raise donations to install up to 10 recreational vehicle spaces with water and electric hookups, Baker said.

The fun last Saturday included the release of 40,000 ladybugs.

Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Posse appeared on horseback.

McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand to help with free fingerprinting of children.

Organizers thanked Lottie Kelley of Covanta Energy and David Jay, Crew's Lake park ranger, for their aid.

Platinum sponsors included Covanta Energy, Tom Dobies Funeral Home, San Francis Veterinary Hospital and the CPG&RR.