Covington Fire to host Family Fun Night at Walmart

COVINGTON -- If you're looking for good, clean family fun, plan to attend Family Fun Night sponsored by the Covington Fire Department.

The public is invited to the free event on Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m. in the east parking lot of Walmart at the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and Industrial Boulevard.

"We usually hold it every year around Fire Prevention Week and Month in October. This year we decided to see just how big we can get it," said CFD Engineer Jody Roberson, who serves on the department's Community Outreach Committee, which is hosting the program.

Roberson said everything would be free except for the food. He said he expected to see a competition between the pizza restaurants who promised to have booths at the event to see which one sells the most pizza. The popular restaurants include Pizza Hut, Papa John's and Johnny's Pizza.

Among the attractions furnished by the CFD and the Newton County Fire Service will be children's games and activities, clowns, fire equipment, fire safety education components such as a smoke house, sprinkler house, smoke detector booth and more. The Newton County Sheriff's Office will have information for elderly drivers, child safety seats, the Champs Unit and will have representatives from their Motorcycle Unit, K-9 Unit and Patrol Unit.

Other agencies who will have demonstrations and information include EMS, city of Covington Utilities, 911 Dispatch, Covington Police, the Red Cross, Animal Control, Recreation Department, Georgia State Patrol, Salvation Army, the Burn Foundation, Mountain MotorSports, Blockbuster and more.

"It's for everybody. There should be something there for everybody to learn and enjoy," Roberson said.

He said Covington Utilities would provide demonstrations of how electricity can travel and others would provide a demonstration showing what happens during a rollover car crash.

He said the program has been planned for several months and the Fire Department is hopeful there will be a good community turnout.

"We're giving away two bicycles -- one for a boy and one for a girl," he added.

Other Fire Prevention Month activities include a smoke detector blitz, and Roberson said there would be a place to sign up for a free smoke detector at the Family Fun Night in the event someone cannot afford to purchase one.