The Dart: Riverfront provides respite from heat

Published 12:01 am Monday, June 4, 2018

NATCHEZ — Turning back the clock, a family took to the Vidalia Riverfront on Friday to visit the geyser-like fountains they recalled from their childhoods.

Except, the fountains were not quite like they remembered on this particular day.

Though the water normally sprays several feet into the air, the flow from the fountains was unusually low, reaching maybe a foot high.

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Still, Megan and Erin Weadock, Danika Brown and a handful of children at the sprayground, tried to make the most of it.

“The kids are having fun — that’s what really matters,” Brown said.

For Megan Weadock and her three children — 8-year-old Kaylee Weadock, 3-year-old Austin Hunt and 2-year-old Ryleigh Weadock — the day marked a trip back home, since they had just moved away to Brookhaven about a month ago. She and Erin’s father, Donald Weadock, arranged the trip to give his daughters and grandchildren a fun day at the park.

Megan admitted that she was surprised at the state of the fountains, especially since she had just recently seen them gushing as they normally do.

“It would have been better if it was up higher, I think,” Megan said.

Still, the children got creative with the opportunity, bringing themselves down to the water’s level.

“They like to get their heads down there,” Megan said as she watched the children crouch down and put their faces to the water.

The children also made their own fun with some water toys. Erin encouraged her niece, 3-year-old Abbigail Colon, to play with another child who was throwing a toy in Abbigail’s direction.   

“Catch it, Abby!” Erin said.

The day might not have been exactly what the group expected, but as Brown said, the children found a way to have fun.

“The kids are happy. Isn’t that what matters?” Brown said.