More than 1,500 kids of all ages turned out for Bounce Bash for Charity Saturday.
The annual free party from 99KG and Bounce-A-Roos took place just outside the Eagle Radio studios, 1825 S. Ohio.
The event featured water slides and a number of other games/inflatables.
The Salina Police Department was there with its PUMA Swat tactical unit and other patrol vehicles. Additionally, Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson was on hand to help grill giant Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.
“We think it is very important for the kids,” Nelson said of why his department was represented at the event. “It’s a way for us to connect with the community.”
Other free, tasty food included boneless wings from Buffalo Wild Wings and pizza from Old Chicago.
My Bike Kansas was one of the non-profit organizations represented at Bounce Bash. My Bike Kansas refurbishes bicycles and then donates them to people in the community, according to Dianna Hayden, the organization’s vice president.
“We want to make a difference in our community,” she said.
In addition to providing information about the organization, My Bike Kansas representatives had a drawing for a boy’s bike and a girl’s bike. Every child who wanted to participate in the drawing received a ticket at no charge, Hayden said.