By SARAH BRADBURY
Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Labor Day Weekend Pool Splash last weekend. The annual event is held in order to offer local residents one more opportunity of the year to enjoy the Rural Retreat Lake Pool.
This year’s pool splash was extra exciting, thanks to some generous donations made by local businesses. In addition to being provided a free hotdog lunch, those attending were given the chance to win one of five donated bicycles.
Tina Brown, assistant recreation specialist for Wythe County, said about 80 participants were in attendance, despite the overcast skies. “This event is a great way to get current customers to come out for the last weekend of the pool season at the Lake, but also gives us an opportunity to reach out to others in the county who have never visited our facility,” said Brown.
Brown also wants to thank the event’s donors and sponsors, including Tommy Hundley, Walmart, Women of the Moose, Joey’s Country Kitchen, Empire Vending, Gatorade and Pepsi. The winners of the bicycles were Kyleigh Inman, Randall Hawkins, Isabella Akers, Timothy Jonas, and Montana Stafford. Brown thanked local citizens for their patronage throughout the summer and announced that the pool would reopen in May, 2014.