Local children spend Saturday at Salvation Army carnival

Children spent Saturday morning at the Big Rapids Salvation Army, playing games, jumping in the bounce house and enjoying lunch and a cake walk during the Salvation Army Kids Carnival and Rally Day. (Pictured) At one game station, Nevaeh Creason tosses a beanbag to try and earn tickets for use at the prize table. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — Summer coming to a close put a smile on a few faces Saturday as local children participated in the second Salvation Army Kids Carnival and Rally Day.

At one game station, Bristol (front) and Taladaga Nowlin attempt to toss a ring so it lands on a peg in order to win tickets.

Throughout the morning and early afternoon, attendees played carnival games to win tickets, which could be used to purchase prizes. Youths also took turns showing their acrobatic skills in the red kettle bounce house and participated in a cake walk just after lunch.

“Traditionally, in the Salvation Army, we have a kickoff weekend after Labor day,” said Envoy Ed Hoskins. “This is kind of a lead-off to our kids program, which runs through the school year. The carnival is a fun way to celebrate the end of summer and welcome students back for the next year.”

Hoskins said during the event, which included a breakfast on Sunday morning, Vacation Bible Study students and youths who participated in various camps over the summer received different awards. Backpacks also were given away during the event.

The next kids program will run from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Hoskins said the program will focus on various character-building activities. Children also can be registered for free music instruction from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Salvation Army.

(From left) Aurelia Pettit helps Breayna Haynes pick out prizes from a table after Haynes played many of the different games available during the carnival.

Gage Armstrong helps Ricardo Jimenez into the giant red kettle bounce house to have some fun jumping before lunch.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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