Academy Street Fun Day

“What did you like best today?”  One boy, in line for another pony ride, immediately said, “The pony!”  A very wet young girl responded, “The waterslide!”  And another young lady thought pensively and then shyly answered, “Everything.” 


The waterslide with a line of children waiting for their next turns!

That’s just want Berryville Baptist Church volunteers wanted to hear.  The church held its first Academy Street Fun Day on Saturday, July 28th, with the focus totally on fun and games for the community.  The event started at 4 pm on the hot and sunny afternoon, and was in full swing by 4:30 with kids lined up 20 or 30 deep for the water slide.  

“It’s hard to get a good count with kids coming and going and running and playing, but we think there were about 75 children at the event,”  said Pastor Dan Stanley.  “We’re pleased with the turnout and overjoyed at the smiles on the faces of the children,” added event coordinator Jan Cantrell. 

Church neighbors, friends and family turned out for the water slide, bouncee, pony rides, volleyball, face painting and more.  And they enjoyed hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn and more delicious treats.


Jessica Myer leads pony Heartbreaker

Kids playing volleyball


Volunteer Fran

Volunteer Fran Combs helps to make the day fun and safe for the children.

See more smiling faces on the Berryville Baptist Image Gallery at or their Facebook album at (click on photos).

This was the third mission-oriented event held by the church this summer.  The first was an afternoon Vacation Bible School held at the gazebo in Rose Hill Part in Berryville.  The second was a week-long mission trip to Indianapolis, where the Berryville Baptist Rascals puppet troupe led several Vacation Bible Schools and held puppet shows for children and their families in the hospital and for men and women in shelters and half-way houses.  Then, on Wednesday, August 15, at 1 PM, at the Clarke County Fair grandstand, the Rascals will hold a puppet show for fairgoers.

For more information, visit the church website at or their Facebook page at  The church is located at 114 Academy Street, Berryville, Virginia.