A young guest gets a hug at Sunday’s Christmas carnival at Garden City First Baptist Church. / Nick Griffin
GARDEN CITY – Garden City First Baptist Church held its annual Christmas Carnival Sunday afternoon and this year’s event had all the favorites from last year and then some. This is the third year that the church has put on the Christmas Carnival and one of the event’s organizers, Kat Parker, has been involved in all three and was prepared for a big crowd this year.
“It kind of varies each year but we’re expecting a larger crowd this year,” Parker said. “We’re hoping for a whole lot of people, I can’t come up with an exact number but we’re definitely expecting a big crowd this year. We’ve done a lot better promoting and advertising this year.”
Parker turned out to be right when the crowd of excited kids and their families came through the door. There were more than a dozen attractions for them to hit ranging from bouncy houses and train rides to a picture with Santa or a stuffed animal walk. Another one of the carnival’s organizers, Sherri Walker, was proud of how many activities they were able to put together for this year’s event.
“We have all kinds of activities ready this year, we have the cake walk, the stuffed animal walk, Plinko, we have a bell toss, ring toss, Santa Claus, we have putt-putt, train rides, mascot mash and a lot more,” Walker said. “We’ve got free food for everyone, free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks and we just do this to bring the community together and try to spread the gospel. That’s what our main goal is.”
Walker was happy to see the carnival turn out well knowing the work that goes into it every year.
“It’s the whole church that works to put this together; everyone’s involved. It’s a lot of hours for everyone in the church preparing for the carnival.”
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