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A foamin' good time despite rain

Kids play in foam which is part of the “That Kid Place” display at the Chenoa Shop-N-Go Spring Fling Saturday.

Saturday’s rain wasn’t ideal for the Chenoa Shop-N-Go Spring Fling event but that didn’t stop folks from venturing out to see the activities.

“The weather is not on our side right now,” Shop-N-Go organizer Melissa Cooper told Chenoa News around midday. “We had about 30 vendors back out.”

Several vendors and crafters offered something for everyone, plus an auction was held under a big tent along Division Street and the car show filled the area of Owsley and Second streets.

Ryan Abbott brought his “That Kid Place” mobile sensory museum to the park during the Spring Fling. Abbott has put almost 20,000 people through the 192 square foot museum in just two seasons.

“I built this about two years ago. I’ve never closed once for anything in the last two years,” Abbott said.

Abbott raises funds to do events for kids with special needs, traveling all over.

“It’s a blast doing it.”

The retired State Farm employee said this is his way of giving back to the community and the idea snowballed from the beginning. A foam pit was located outside the trailer and the kids passing by seemed to love it.

“Having exhibits out here doubles my size,” added Abbott.

Cooper admits it can be hard to set a rain date as no one knows exactly what the weather will do so they just “go with it.” Chenoa Shop-N-Go is a charity event for kids to keep them active in sports and other activities while keeping them away from drugs and alcohol and off the streets.

“We do organized events for kids in the park here and the light-up parade we help with,” noted Cooper.

Shop-N-Go also holds the annual Halloween costume contest and puts up Christmas decorations. They are considering holding a few more events during the summer months.

Saturday’s Spring Fling at the City Park included numerous food trucks such as Engine One Concessions, Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque and Monster Grilled Cheese and More.

In addition to Cooper, Shop-N-Go members include Dylan Cerda and Sally Decker. Carrie Holzhauer helped with the car show.

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