Cassville Youth Advisory Board to host first Fall Carnival

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Group raising funds for objectives

The Cassville Youth Advisory Board will be sponsoring a fall carnival on Nov. 4 from 2-6 p.m., at the Family Life Center in Cassville, and is inviting families to come enjoy the festivities and celebrate fall, as well as learn about who they are and what they plan to do in the community.

Games for children, prizes, fellowship and fun will be available for ages 4-and-up.

General admission is free, and activities and booths will be 25 cents-per-ticket carnival-style. The number of tickets required for each activity will vary.

There will also be a bouncy house, digging for dinosaurs, basketball throws, helium balloons, a cake walk, and other activities.

"It's going to be a carnival atmosphere," said Elaine Boles, Cassville High School nurse and co-vice chair of the board.

Concessions will include a bowl of chili, or hot dogs and chips, soda pop and cotton candy. A silent auction will also be held, and donations are currently being accepted for the auction.

The event is being run on a cash-only basis.

The board, which reorganized this summer, consists of about 26 community-minded Cassville High School students from a variety of organizations and backgrounds, who are partnering with local government, civic and law enforcement groups to be change agents to improve their community and positively influence their fellow peers to make good decisions.

The event will serve as a fundraiser to help them accomplish and raise awareness for those objectives, as well as give local youth a fun and safe place to go.

Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr also serves as co-vice chair on the group, which meets monthly.

"We're trying to raise money so the group can carry out the programs they want to do around town — the beautification projects and activities for youth," Boles said. "We’re trying to give local youth safe activities they can do to get them away from making bad decisions, and educate them on the problems that alcohol and drugs create, and anything that can harm them.

"We need items donated for the silent auction, and if any bakers would like to bake us something for the cake walk, we would greatly appreciate that."

According to Boles, a fall carnival used to be held at the primary school many years ago, so carnival will be the first to be held in years.

"I think the kids will really enjoy it, and it will be a safe place for mom and dad to bring their families," Boles said. "We want to say thank businesses and the community in advance for their support."

To donate items for the silent auction, or for more information, Boles can be reached at 417-847-5112 or 417-846-7543.

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