Field Days bring fun, funds

By Michelle Costanza

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The 46th annual Johnson City Field Days kicked off Friday evening to provide fun for families and raise money for local causes.

Rows of booths housed organizations such as the Lions Club, sports teams, churches and several non-profits.

"This is a fundraiser for us, said Johnson City Lion's Club Officer Meryl Deemie. "It's one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. What we do is raise money to give back to the community."

Linda Pipkin, a home finder recruiter for the Northeast Parent and Child Society, said fairs are a great place for her organization to get noticed. The society searches for safe foster homes for children, and Pipkin noted the face-to-face interactions at the Field Days are exactly what they need.

"We have a lot of families at festivals like this, and it allows me to find families that might be a good match that can love and care for these children, so it's a great opportunity," said Pipkin.

Many popular food vendors linked up with booths to help reel people in by the smell of spiedies and fried dough.

Dozens of rides were also set up, filling Northside Park with happy laughter and positive cash flow.

Admission to the Field Days is free and the event will continue through Labor Day and run from noon until 11 p.m. each day, with fireworks capping off Monday's finale at 9:30 p.m.