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Mothers and sons share day at Lynches River

May 13, 2018 GMT

COWARD, S.C. – Mother-and-son duos from around the Pee Dee gathered at Lynches River County Park Saturday to spend time together on the eve of Mother’s Day.

For $20, participants had the chance to canoe down the river, participate in an archery class, go on a scavenger hunt and much more during the Annual Mother-Son Wilderness Adventure, put on by Florence Family YMCA.

Cindy Averitt of the YMCA said the event was created as a counterpoint to the YMCA’s annual Father-Daughter Dance.

“It’s so much fun,” Averitt said. “We wanted something that mothers and sons could do together. We knew that many sons wouldn’t think that the dance was very cool, so we looked for something that they would like that moms and sons could do together.”

Averitt’s son, Bradford, was out helping with the event. She said the whole day was a way for mothers to have some time to bond with their sons.

“I love it,” Averitt said. “My son has been helping with the event for the past few years with me and we have a blast. I enjoy the time with him and I hope that the moms are having a fun time with their sons and vice versa. Today, I know there was one mom that was really scared about getting in the canoe, but she was doing it for her son.”

The proceeds for the event go toward YMCA scholarships for membership, day care and summer camps in addition to supporting Lynches River County Park’s Environmental Discovery Center’s animal collection program and summer camps.

Retha Kelly-Horne, supervisor of the Lynches River Environment Discovery Center, said the event is something park looks forward to each year.

“It really helps get us in the community,” Kelly-Horne said. “The turnout has been great, the excitement has been awesome. They get to spend a lot of fun ‘mom time’ and that’s always a great thing.”

The event was sponsored by The Drive-In, Pepsi and Cold Stone Creamery.