Local Church Sponsors Family Olympics

By Van Welton

The summer months can be a very busy time.  Often sport commitments, work obligations and the added burden of yard work can squeeze a family’s schedule to the limit.  If a family is not careful, its busy schedule will cause its members to drift apart.

For this reason, Clarke County families are invited to gather together and participate in the 2012 Family Olympics, July 22, at the Clarke County Fairgrounds.   Sponsored by Apple Valley Baptist Church, the event is designed to strengthen families with the opportunity to reconnect and have fun with each other.

The fun begins at 4pm with families competing in Olympic styled games.  Together, each family team will race through the “Eagle Relay Race” and tackle the challenging “Berryville Obstacle Course.”  Before an overall winner is declared, the teams will have to survive the “Route 7 Dodge Ball” and the “Bigfoot in Clarke County” game.

You don’t have to be an Olympian to play the games.  Although team members will have to rely on each other to win, the emphasis is on having fun.  Bring as many people as you want to simply cheer your team along.

Like the real Olympics, a closing ceremony will conclude the day.  As competitors enjoy a free hot dog meal, points will be calculated in order to recognize the winners in each event.  The pastor will provide information on what type of person God is looking for to join his team.

Families may register early at www.applevalleybaptist.com.  Early check-in at the fairgrounds will begin at 3 pm.  Families may come early and construct their own family flag (materials will be supplied).  For additional information, you may call the Family Olympic Chairman at 703.554.9681.

Whether you are a family of one and would like to join with others for this event or your family is a team already, all are invited to come and have some fun.


  1. Mom4Holmes says:

    I can’t wait. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone at the fairground.

  2. Newly Saved says:

    Between 3-4pm you will have the opportunity make your own personalized family flag! Do not miss this opportunity to spend some much needed time with your family and friends.

  3. Jill Valentine Welton says:

    Employees at WINC are really interested in how it will turn out! Barry Lee mentioned how nice the weather will be for the Family Olympics on Sunday. It seems as if things are really turning out well. Great weather, good fun, food, family and community all together! If you plan to come please go ahead and register 🙂 Hope to see many people from town and the county there!

  4. lacey brooks says:

    I’m so excited about this. It’s going to be an amazing day! Hope to see everyone there!