Monroe Newcomers & Neighbors' second annual "A Day at the Beach" fundraiser at Great Hollow Lake was marked by sunny weather and blue skies throughout Saturday morning and afternoon.
Kim Henderson, civic chair for the event, said the turnout was "phenomenal", attracting more than 200 families. Last year's "A Day at the Beach" had ended with rain.
The first 100 families to arrive received a free, re-usable green bag containing discounts and advertisements from 40 local businesses. The bags contained a total of 100 $25 gift certificates to and 100 $10 gift certificates to Simply Baby.
Admission was $8 for children two years and older and it was free for adults and children younger than two — though donations were welcome. Proceeds benefit the organization's Friendship Fund, which supports Monroe families and children when other community resources are unavailable.
Venders included Crazy Fun Face Painters, Studio On the Move art instruction, The Home Depot, Plum District, Creative Music Center, Health & Wellness, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Family Chiropractic, DeJesus Dentisry, Art 4 Thought and Cowtoon Cartoons.
There was a Touch-A-Truck and character appearances were provided by the Bridgeport Bluefish and the Monroe Parks & Recreation Department. Among the stars were Elmo.