Event to entertain those with disabilities

Published 8:40 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An unusual mode of transportation delights passengers during last year’s farm festivities hosted by members of the Eastern Antique Power Association in Chocowinity. The third-annual event is planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (WDN File Photo/Kevin Scott Cutler)

CHOCOWINITY — Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with their families, are invited to a day of fun in Chocowinity on Saturday.
A full schedule of activities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held on Bear Creek Road, located off N.C. Highway 33 between Chocowinity and Grimesland.
“We plan this for clients and their families. … They can come as a family to do this,” said Sandra Buckman, executive director of The Arc of Beaufort County. “The Arc is partnering with members of the Eastern Antique Power Association.”
Other support is provided by Country Boys Auction and Piston Ring & Machine, Buckman added.
According to Stan Hudson, EAPA president, association members will set up their equipment and provide activities sure to appeal to folks of all ages, from youngsters to retirees. Those activities will include, weather permitting, tractor and antique car rides, barrel-train rides, corn-hole toss and hayrides. Also on the agenda are games and the chance to experience life on an old-timey farm, which includes pumping water from an antique hand pump. Free door prizes will be awarded to some of the luckier individuals in attendance.
The Eastern Antique Power Association is a group of like-minded farming enthusiasts who hope to keep alive the traditions and lifestyles of rural eastern North Carolina. The organization hosts its own show in Chocowinity each May and attends other special events throughout the year, including local Christmas parades in Chocowinity, Aurora, Edward, Washington, Bath and Belhaven. Association members were also inspired by the work of The Arc to host a special day intended just for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers.
For more information, contact Buckman at 252-945-4414 or via email at sandrabuckman@suddenlink.net.