Evart Christmas Carnival puts community in holiday spirit

The snow and cold temperatures did not deter community members from enjoying the 11th annual Christmas Carnival, hosted at the Crossroads Community Church in Evart. Throughout Saturday afternoon, families could enjoy carnival games, wagon rides, face painting, a book walk and performances. Youngsters in attendance also could enjoy pony rides, participate in crafts and meet Santa at the depot building. (Pictured) Sarah Bailey helps children create their Christmas-themed ornaments. (Herald Review photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

Underneath a tent, carnival attendees could play various games, including one in which they demonstrated their strength. Braxtin Andrews uses a hammer to try and make a bell ring before moving on to the next activity.

Bailey Hersch laughs as she is placed on top of a horse, beginning her pony ride around a portion of the depot lawn. She was one of many children who lined up for rides on Saturday.

Members of Steppin Up Dance Studio performed multiple collaborative pieces, as well as solo dances, Saturday afternoon. Other performances included the Evart High School Jazz Band and Choir and more.

Luke Saley gets fitted for a helmet as he waits in line for his turn to ride one of the horses. Each child was strapped into a helmet before the start of their ride.

Even as the snow fell, children bounced on large Euro bungee trampolines throughout Saturday's carnival.