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Federal Way National Little League will host Fun Fest

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

It’s been a long and sometimes agonizing process for the volunteers with the Federal Way National Little League organization.

But the group will get to celebrate a lot of hard work by a lot of people June 2 at Federal Way National’s Fun Fest. The daylong event starts at 10 a.m. at the league’s complex near the King County Aquatics Center on SW Campus Drive.

“This is kind of a big deal for us,” said funding coordinator Scot Henderson. “It’s going to be pretty cool.”

The Fun Fest event will include a parade of Federal Way National Little League players, followed by the dedication of a new building constructed with purely volunteer labor.

Other events will include a presentation of a $50,000 check from State Sen. Tracey Eide, tournament scoreboard unveiling, coach dunk tank, home run derby, water balloon pop fly contest, jackrabbit base run, radar pitching station and bouncy houses and slides for kids. Lunch will be catered by the Outback Steakhouse.

“The new building was built with 100 percent sweat,” Henderson said of the facility that includes a concession stand and a meeting room.

The $50,000 in state funding will most likely be used to purchase lights, allowing the league to play some night games during the season.

“$50,000 is not a lot of money,” Henderson said. “It costs between $85,000 and $100,000 to light a single field. It’s a good start, but isn’t enough to where we need to go.”

Additional lighting would allow the league to host more tournaments, which would sell more concessions and reel in more money, they noted. Other ideas for drawing more youngsters to the fields include batting cages.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com.

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