Farmers Market, Brittany’s Play Adventure set to open Saturday

Families have the opportunity for food, fun and all-inclusive play this weekend at Wild Horse Park.
The Mustang Parks Foundation is celebrating the season opening of the Wild Horse Farmers Market and the grand opening of Brittany’s Play Adventure from 8 am. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wild Horse Park, 1201 N. Mustang Rd.
The event, named “Family Fun Fest,” includes live music from Justin Joslin and Laredo, free face painting by C.A.T.’s Illusions, food trucks, special guest speakers and a ribbon cutting.
The food trucks at the event include Snow S’more, Colts, St. Paddy Cakes, Murphy’s Cook Shack and DoughMG.
The guest speakers include Tiffany Massie, Mustang Public Schools’ 2016 Teacher of the Year, and Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang.
Family Fun Fest will begin with the opening of the Farmers Market that includes local food grown by local farmers and handmade items from local vendors at 8 a.m. Live music by Joslin will also begin at 8 a.m. with a coffee bar available at Snow S’more.
Face painting will begin at 10 a.m., Laredo will begin performing at 10:30 a.m., food trucks will begin serving lunch at 11 a.m. and the ribbon cutting ceremony and presentation for Brittany’s Play Adventure will be hosted at 11 a.m.
“Then we’ll be open for play, probably right around noon,” Lynly said.
The face painting and food trucks will still be serving through 2 p.m. and the playground will remain open from then-on-out.
Brittany’s Play Adventure is an all-inclusive playground that started as just an idea of Lynly Grider’s, founder and executive director for Mustang Parks Foundation, for her sister-in-law Brittany Grider.
Brittany, 34, grew up in Mustang and now lives in Okarche at the Center of Family Love. She was born with Pallister-Killian mosaic syndrome (PKS), a rare genetic disorder that has Brittany functioning at a 3-4-year-old level.
Brittany will be attending Saturday’s celebration so she can see Brittany’s Play Adventure for the first time.
“I cannot wait for Brittany to see it. I cannot wait for her to walk through—it kind of makes me tear up to even talk about it,” Lynly said. “I just cannot wait for her to see it, and to get on the zip line or climb up one of the walkways. She’s going to love it.”
There’s not specific rules for Brittany’s Play Adventure, but there are “get to’s,” Lynly said.
“There’s get to play together and there’s get to take turns—that’ll be the big thing is making sure kids are taking turns and allowing other kids to play on the zip line. That’s going to be a well-played-on feature,” Lynly said.
Metro Signs donated the entryway sign and surprised Lynly by getting it done in time for the celebration, and although the construction of the playground is fully complete, Mustang Parks Foundation is still working on other things for the playground for later down the road, including working with Scapes Inc. to do the landscaping around the playground.
The plan is for the landscape to be interactive to go with the playground, as well as give it some shade.
“I’m excited to see what they come up with. It’s going to be another beautiful addition to this playground and I know they’ll do a great job,” Lynly said.
A fence will also be put around the playground for safety reasons soon, and even later down the road the area will be built up with another pavilion, possibly a market place and more.

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