Four decades strong, C-U Days still fun for all at Douglass Park

Four decades strong, C-U Days still fun for all at Douglass Park

CHAMPAIGN — Night one of C-U Days at Douglass Park had something for everyone. Kids ran around chasing bubbles, some got their faces painted, while others sat in chairs to have caricatures of themselves painted.

More kids jumped around in the inflatable bounce houses, and the younger ones got an inside look at a fire engine thanks to members of the Champaign Fire Department.

Teenagers took part in a basketball tournament on the park's courts while the adults sang along as various bands performed during the event's gospel fest.

C-U Days has been a summer occurrence for about 40 years, and it continues today at noon with more events on tap.

"It used to be that this actually started as a way for families to reunite, so it would be their family reunion every summer," said Katie Hicks, Champaign Park District program coordinator. "It actually started out at Lake of the Woods, and then as it grew, it had to find a new home so the park district got involved. We continued it, and families still come out every year and attend."

Today's events include more gospel music, as well as the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy performing a drum corps.

"We have vendors that will be out, and they'll hand out school supplies," Hicks said. "Unit 4 will be here handing out book bags; we'll have some food vendors and some merchandise vendors as well."

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