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Marion Rec. plans Big Opening Day with more
players than ever and BIG plans for future

Brantley Welch is one of 168 kids suited up for Marion County Youth Teams this Spring.

Click here for photos from Marion County's recent games in Taylor County!

From the April 6, 2022 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   The Marion County Recreation Department is preparing to swing into the 2022 spring season with record-setting numbers and even bigger plans for the future.
   Opening Day, complete with ceremonies and a ton of games, is this Saturday, April 9 with a special Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. Games will begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with all 14 local teams playing, as well as eight visiting teams.
   Yes, you read that right. Marion County has 14 youth sports team this year. There are 168 kids playing, which is the most in program history.
   In addition to all of the youngsters, so far there are around 60 volunteers, including coaches, concession stand workers, and special project assistants. Of course, with so many kids, more volunteers could certainly be helpful, so if you're looking for a way to get involved in your community, this is a great opportunity.
   Recreation Director Frank Bair says it's all about giving the best opportunities possible to the local youth and he's excited about recent progress and the growth in the program.
   Recent improvements have included painting the concession stand, installing new fencing for safety purposes, revamping the playground (including adding mulch), repairs to existing fencing, and a good bit of plumbing work.
   While the concession stand is looking nice due to the recent paint job, visitors may like what's inside it even more. The menu has been changed up/improved. Donations helped purchase a new deep freezer to keep more items on hand and a popcorn machine was recently purchased, too. Popcorn and ball games – they make sense together.
   If you don't have the time to serve as a volunteer, Bair is asking everyone to help in a simple way – and it's one that gives you pretty good odds at winning a nice prize. The Recreation Department is selling raffle tickets for a special 31/31 Gun Giveaway. Those who buy tickets ...
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