FAIRFIELD — Santino Crosson, in his uncle’s go-kart, pulled out, leaving a cloud of dust behind. The 10-year-old arrived back, with equal flourish, doing a 360-degree turn before pulling to a stop.
As he took off his helmet, his infectious grin was just that, infectious, and it spread to his siblings, Anthony Crosson, 9, and Isabella Crosson, 7, as well as their uncle, Nick Crosson, plus a few family friends.
“I love the thrill and how fast it goes,” Santino said. “It’s a lot faster than a bicycle.”
The Crosson family and friends gathered at the neighbor’s house Monday afternoon for some Labor Day fun. Austun Kessler, who lives on Rockville Road, made three go-kart tracks of varying sizes on his leased 62 acres for his go-kart. Monday, it was enjoyed by both children and adults.
“Good wholesome fun,” Kessler said. He added that his day would end with a barbecue. Not kite flying, however. The usual Delta breeze didn’t kick up much of a fuss on the holiday. ”If we’d had more wind, we would be flying a kite,” he said.
No worries about the wind – everyone kept the go-kart warmed up with continuous turns around the dirt tracks. The Crosson kids, who are from New Jersey and in the area visiting their uncle, got their first taste of riding a gas go-kart. Like many boys, they were thrilled at the speed. Isabella, their sister, took her time and moved at her own, slower pace and was mindful of a set rule.
“If we want to drive it, we have to wear a helmet,” she said.
Nick Crosson said he bought it specifically for his niece and nephews, who visit him often.
“It reminds me of the one I had when I was a kid,” he said. “They’re going to be going home soon, so this is their last day to have fun.”
All over the area, Labor Day brought together food, family, friends, fun and shopping. The local parking lots were filled with cars as people hunted for a bargain or two. The parks held picnickers and sports enthusiasts.
Giovani Garcia, 9, kept pace with a soccer ball in the vicinity where his family and their friends played a regular weekly game of volleyball in Allan Witt Park. The group, a couple dozen strong including their children and neighborhood children, came from Vacaville to enjoy the holiday. Giovani’s mother, Sonia Garcia, sat on the sidelines, watching the game and chatting.
They meet every Sunday to play, she said, but because of the holiday, they decided to play on Monday, too.
“We play volleyball in our country,” she said. “After soccer, volleyball is the next-most-popular sport.”
The children amused themselves with ice cream and card games, plus watching the goings on in the park. Rocket launchers kept them amused for a while.
“It was awesome,” said Lexi Ford, 11.
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