WASHINGTON, W.Va. - About 3,000 people celebrated the 65th anniversary of the DuPont Washington Works facility with an old fashioned carnival on Saturday.
Despite an afternoon of heavy rain and thunderstorms, plant employees, retirees and contractors brought their families to enjoy food, games and fun.
"The weather really hasn't hurt or slowed things down," said plant manager Karl Boelter. "When it started raining, we had the right number of people here for everyone to take cover in shelters and under tents."
DuPont Washington Works employees, retirees and contractors and their families did not let the heavy thunderstorms and rain Saturday afternoon stop them from having fun in the DuPont Employee Park during an old fashioned carnival to celebrate the plant’s 65th anniversary. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
Everyone who attended the event in the DuPont Employee's Park on DuPont Road was invited, as they have contributed to the plant's success, Boelter said.
"It's our 65th anniversary and we want everyone who had a hand in the success and continuation of the plant to be recognized," he added.
Robin Ollis, spokeswoman for the plant, said the event took months of preparation and it was really a celebration of the people who have made DuPont what it is in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
"Without them, there would be no DuPont Washington Works," she said.
The event began at 2 p.m. and by the time the thunderstorms hit the area around 2:30 p.m., the park had several hundred people, with most taking shelter in the kids' game tent and food shelter.
"Even with the rain we had a lot of fun," said Lucy Curfman, whose husband Jeremy Curfman works at the plant.
Their three children Wyatt, 6, Allison, 4, and Natalie, 1, all appeared to have had fun, carrying or wearing balloon designs as hats and carrying buckets filled with cotton candy and other treats.
"It was a good day," Lucy Curfman added.
Ollis said hearing people tell her they had fun made the preparation worthwhile.
"Everything worked out well," Boelter said. "Bingo was really popular and the big prize was the umbrellas - the competition was pretty heated."