Soccer group plans family fun carnival
Set for Saturday at Fowler Park
By Crystal Ledford
If you’re going
* What: UFA Family Fun Carnival
* When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
* Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way
* Cost: Free admission; activities require tickets or wrist bands
* For more information, visithttp://www.unitedfa.org/Default.aspx?tabid=274226.
A local soccer academy is holding a family festival this weekend.
United Futbol Academy will present its first UFA Family Fun Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way.
UFA is a nonprofit organization established in 2010 from the merger of two neighboring soccer clubs: Forsyth Fusion and Atlanta Soccer Academy.
Between the primary Forsyth academy and satellite locations in Dawson and Lumpkin counties, the academy provides soccer instruction to about 500 children ages 3 to 18.
Saturday’s event is open to all UFA families as well as the general public.
Stacey Brustein, the organization’s events coordinator, said proceeds from the festival will go to scholarships for students who can’t afford to take part in the soccer organization.
“It will be a great family day with literally something for everyone,” she said of the carnival. “We wanted to make sure we had activities that teenagers would enjoy, as well as things for toddlers and adults so the entire family could come out and have a good time.”
According to Brustein, the events will include soccer-themed games for kids of all ages, as well as non-soccer games and activities such as inflatables, trampoline bungee jumps and “giant hamster balls.”
There will also be a dunk tank and other water activities, arts and crafts, scrimmages against UFA coaches, and raffles.
For the adults, about 30 vendors will be in attendance, as well as several metro Atlanta food trucks.
Admission to the carnival is free, but activities require tickets. Brustein said those will range from one to eight tickets each, or families can purchase wrist bands for $15 each that will provided unlimited access to most of the carnival offerings.
Brustein is anticipating at least 1,000 people. “It will be a fun day for everyone,” she said.