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Ball day a time-honored tradition


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A parade kicked off festivities at the Mt. Vernon Optimist Club's Ball Day on Saturday in Fortville. (Joe Hornaday / Daily Reporter)
A parade kicked off festivities at the Mt. Vernon Optimist Club's Ball Day on Saturday in Fortville. (Joe Hornaday / Daily Reporter)

Five-year-old Brayden Gillen of the Rangers prepares to make a play at first base in one of the first games to be played at the Mt. Vernon Optimist Club's Ball Day on Saturday. (Joe Hornaday / Daily Reporter)
Five-year-old Brayden Gillen of the Rangers prepares to make a play at first base in one of the first games to be played at the Mt. Vernon Optimist Club's Ball Day on Saturday. (Joe Hornaday / Daily Reporter)


FORTVILLE — Just like it does every year, the Mt. Vernon Optimist Club’s Ball Day gives kids young and old a chance to visit the town’s parks on a late-spring day and take part in a full day of baseball and softball games.

Ball Day is one of Fortville’s longest-standing traditions. It kicked off with a parade on Saturday morning that wound through downtown and gave families lined up on Main Street the opportunity to see team floats (above) and grab their share of candy.

When the parade wrapped up, hundreds of people headed to Memorial Park to take in a game or see their kids  play,

The first Ball Day was organized to raise money for additional bleachers at the town parks. It has since transformed into a herald of the season that includes food, crafts and more.

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