August 5, 2006
Residents were dancing in the street on Saturday, as they took part in the 9th annual Westhaven Community Day. The Quality Community Counsel called it the biggest and best celebration yet. While the event was open to Charlottesville residents of all ages, kids were the primary target.
"It gets all the kids together and keeps them off the streets from doing illegal things," resident Teresa Goodwin said.
the festivities kicked off with a basketball and track competition this morning, and continued with a dance contest and horse rides throughout the afternoon. parents said they appreciate the community's efforts to keep kids entertained.
"It's a fun time for them, it's a positive thing that's going on and we need all the positive stuff...for the kids," resident Harold Folley said.
People got to enjoy food, music, and free goodies from over 37 different vendors and sponsors of community day said this is their chance to say thanks to the city of Charlottesville.
"It's also a way for the residents of Westhaven to say thank you to the different community service providers and advocates who do such a great job," Quality Community Council's Karen Waters said. Some of those vendors attending included JABA, UVA, and Love, Inc.
Organizers of the event say they already started preparing for the next year. Because it will be the 10th celebration, it promises to be huge.