— Despite the weather, a record crowd came out for Woodhaven Senior Community’s 21st Annual Fall Fest Sept. 11.
Patricia Ballentine, marketing director, said 600-700 people attended the event, which featured a raffle, giveaways, carnival games, face painting, food, a Sweet Treats bake sale, music and more. Due to the event falling on Sept. 11, Woodhaven recognized its veterans, along with an Honor Guard Flags Ceremony where a flag was retired and rifle volley by VFW Post 3087.
“It was a very emotional event, but much needed,” said David Dixner, executive director. “This generation focuses very much on country, and it was a way for us to show respect for the past and a way to honor our vets.”
In addition to the special recognition ceremonies, one of the main highlights of the Fall Fest was a balloon launch. When the clock reached 2 p.m., residents, their families and friends let go of more than 100 balloons, filling the sky with vivid colors.
“It’s our way of bringing families and friends together,” Dixner said. “We want to give back to the community. Each year, the festival gets better and better. We have a lot of fun and a lot of laughter. We are family-oriented and glad to be a part of Flint Township and the surrounding community.”