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UFA festival draws crowd
Leah Anderson helps Cori Brustein, 9, with a purchase at her booth Saturday during the UFA Family Fun Carvinal at Fowler Park. - photo by Crystal Ledford

A large local soccer organization offered plenty of family fun on Saturday.

United Futbol Academy, which was created in 2010 after the merger of two smaller soccer programs, held its first UFA Family Fun Carnival at Fowler Park in south Forsyth.

Hundreds of UFA players and their families, as well as the general public, attended the event, which served as a fundraiser for the organization to help provide scholarships to children who otherwise might not be able to participate.

Stacey Brustein, events coordinator of UFA, said more than 1,000 people were expected to attend the carnival.

The event included about 30 vendors, food trucks and many kid-friendly games and activities.

Coach Ivo Ilarionov, who works with athletes ages 9, 12 and 16 in the program, said he saw about half of his team members at the event.

“Today looks very good,” he said. “It’s a very nice setup and a good turnout of people for the first time.

“We’re going to try to do this annually, so this is a great first festival for us.”