March for a Cause

This Saturday is the fourth-annual March of Dimes Chili Cook-Off, Fun Day, and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Leatherman Park.

Entertainment will include inflatables and a bungee trampoline; carnival games; and performances by the Perryton High School Show Choir, Perryton Children’s Choir, Flipz gymnasts and cheerleaders, Perryton Dance Academy dancers, and South Plains College ballroom dancers. Food will include chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, and other concessions, along with carnitas by the local Catholic church and Aqua Frescas by United.

The third-annual Bustin’ for Justin 5K Fun Run/Walk is also held on Saturday. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 at the park. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each age division. Entry forms can be found here.

Local residents Sam and Dr. Jenny McGoughy started the 5K as a way to raise money for March of Dimes after their twin sons, one of which passed away, were born five-and-a-half weeks early. They’ve made it their mission to help end premature births, and they’ve become the #1 family team in Texas and the #3 in the nation in terms of fundraising.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes was started by President Franklin Roosevelt to fight polio. After the original mission was accomplished, the organization’s focus shifted to premature births and birth defects. Since then, the March of Dimes has led the way in discovering the genetic causes of birth defects, promoting newborn screenings, and educating medical professionals and the public about healthy practices. Its ultimate goal is to end prematurity.

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