It was a true carnival atmosphere at the second annual Atria Lake Norman Fair. The grounds were abuzz with excitement as the special day featured food, games, a clown, music and more at Atria Lake Norman Assisted Living Center on Carriage Club Drive, Mooresville.

See all the photos from the event at the bottom of this article

Residents, family members and others from the community visited the center from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 28 and listened to live music by a group of musicians who perform regularly at Richard’s Coffee Shop or went for a train ride provided by Jump Start Events of Cornelius with Engineer Chris at the throttle.

Fairgoers could also enjoy a variety of carnival-type foods including hot dogs, funnel cakes, snow cones, ice cream, popcorn and cotton candy.

Located around the grounds of the center were games for all to try their hand at or the chance to take a stroll and visit the fire truck or police tent or check out the vendors offering products for sale.

Popular stops for all ages were seeing the animals, whether it was the baby pigs, goats, bunnies and more provided by Whispering Hope Farm in Gastonia or a photo with Brandy the Marvelous mini therapy horse from Charlotte

Another ideal photo opportunity, which many took advantage of, was a bench with a fall background.

Miss Statesville, Melody Hager, was also on hand for the event, spending time talking with the residents. Hager shared that her grandfather was at the center five years ago and the “community surrounded him and helped him to thrive after the death of my grandmother.” Her grandfather has since moved, but she enjoys visiting the center and seeing some people she got to know while her grandfather was there.

“I’m thankful to have been invited” (for the day), she said.

About mid-way through the afternoon, Shelley Burns, engage life director of Atria Lake Norman, and organizer of the event, called all those wanting to participate in a watermelon eating contest to gather. After the ‘get ready, get set and go’ was declared, the group quickly ate their piece of watermelon with Joseph Okyera-Boateng, being proclaimed the winner.

While the day provided lots of fun, it was also a day to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and to raise money for research. Proceeds from the event went to that cause, and as the afternoon was drawing to a close, Burns said, “We hope we made a difference for Alzheimer’s and hope they find a cure.”

Burns shared previously that a group of employees from the center would be participating in the Alzheimer’s Walk, which is scheduled for Oct. 12 in Troutman.

Before the crowd dispersed, Burns shared that one of the residents, Jim Appleton, wanted her to be in the dunk tank, which was scheduled to be a part of the day’s festivities. However, they were unable to have the dunk tank this year, and therefore, Burns said that for Jim she would go down the inflatable waterslide instead.

The crowd followed to the slide and amid lots of cheers and photo taking, Burns came down the slide as she said, “for Jim and in the name of Alzheimer’s.”

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