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Folsom Soccer Club throws carnival to celebrate opening day

By: Matt Long
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The Folsom Soccer Club celebrated its opening day on Saturday with a carnival at Folsom Lake College. Instead of the normal parade this year, the club wanted to do something different and it was a big hit. There were several vendors and bounce houses for the 3,500 soccer players in the club to enjoy, as well as their siblings and friends. It was a successful event. “I think it went wonderfully,” Soccer Relations Coordinator Donalee Gamble said. “It was a perfect day. The weather was great and the event was so much better than a parade.” Folsom councilmen Andy Morin and Ernie Sheldon and councilwoman Kerri Howell all spoke during the ceremonies, as did Folsom resident Tom Handy, a former member of the Folsom Athletic Association who’s battling cancer. Handy also cut the ceremonial ribbon, which sent the kids running to the bounce houses. The Folsom Soccer Club has grown tremendously through the years to its current size of about 3,500 kids. Sheldon said when he came to Folsom 24 years ago, the club had only 250 members.