PUMC provides family fun with carnival

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Neighbors | Submitted.Poland United Methodist Church had Family Fun Carnival on Sept. 9 where the community came together for free games and food. Different entertainment options included the playground, pony rides and drone usage from Imperial Drone Services, which submitted this picture of the event.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .The local fire department brought a truck for the public to view at Poland United Methodist Church's Family Fun Carnival on Sept. 9. Becca Simon coordinated the event with close help from Pastor Ken Gifford.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .Poland United Methodist Church set up a tent with several games at their Family Fun Carnival, which included skee ball, ring toss and a dart throwing game.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .Local firemen met with the Poland community at Poland United Methodist Church's Family Fun Carnival. Pictured are, from left, Bill O'Hara, the fire prevention officer, John Walsh, fire lieutenant, and Scott O'Hara, firefighter.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .Poland United Methodist Church provided the community children with inflatable slides and a bounce castle for their Family Fun Carnival.



Poland United Methodist had a Family Fun Carnival in the yard next to the church on Sept. 9.

Church member Becca Simon organized the event with help from many other members of the church, including Pastor Ken Griffin.

Griffin said the church wanted the event to benefit the community, represent the love of Christ and be inclusive to all people. The church welcomed everyone from the community, expecting 2,500 people after last year’s 1,000 person crowd.

The carnival offered many different options. For food and drink, they cooked hot dogs, made lemon shakes and handed out water bottles. The church also had a food trailer that had fair food and snow cones. For playing, children could still use the church’s playground, but the church also provided two bounce castles and an inflatable slide.

The church had a tent with numerous carnival games under it, including ring toss, dart throwing and skee ball. Parents and children could earn tickets from playing these games. The church had a prize table to turn in the tickets earned.

Members of the church helped make the event. One member brought her pony for the children to ride. The boy and girl volunteered to assist in the carnival. Luke Schuster of Imperial Drone Services brought a drone for children to see and use. Other members of the church cooked or manned stations in the tent.

The carnival also included a station for free identification kit for the children and an area for the fire department. The former station gave parents a convenient way to get their children’s ID kit. The latter allowed the community to meet some important figures from their fire department. Fire prevention officer Bill O’Hara, Fire Lieutenant John Walsh and firefighter Scott O’hara attended the carnival.

The church had their first Family Fun Carnival in 2016 and hope to continue it as an annual event. Simon and Gifford stressed the importance of meeting the community’s needs and hosting events for Poland.

After the carnival, the church will begin planning “Trunk or Treat,“ a safe trick-or-treating event held in the church parking lot.

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