Evart neighborhood watch to host community carnival

EVART — In the spirit of community togetherness, the Evart Neighborhood Watch will host a community carnival on Saturday.

From 2 to 6 p.m. at Evart High School, community members can enjoy a host of fun activities, including a football throw, a blow-up obstacle course, laser tag, drunk-goggle tricycle racing, face painting and live music from a DJ.

“We have (activities) for the little kids, to tweens, to high schoolers and adults. We want everybody to come, even if you’re not from Evart,” said Evart Police Officer Michelle Gebbon, who leads the Neighborhood Watch.

The event also will include a cake walk and free food. Local businesses donated many items for a silent auction to be held during the course of the event, which is hosted by The Neighborhood Watch and the Evart High School student leadership group.

The idea for the carnival came about as a suggestion for bringing the community together to build relationships.

“At the Neighborhood Watch meeting, (community members) told me that they wanted to have a block party to get to know their neighborhood,” Gebbon said. “It’s 1 degree outside, so we thought having an indoor block party would be a good thing for the community.”

Evart Fire Department Chief Shane Helmer said the event also will help keep the community safe by introducing them to fire and police workers who will be helping run the event.

“I think the more people we can bring together, it will help the community from a safety aspect,” Helmer said. “It’ll be a great time for police and fire officials to show our support and be seen in a different light than what we are usually seen in. It shows that we are a part of the community as well.”

Tickets for activities at the event will be available for $5 for an arm’s length. Each game will cost one ticket to participate and laser tag will cost $2.

“For $5, you can get between 10 and 15 tickets,” Gebbon said. “You can probably do everything for $5.”

Organizers plan to hold the event every year.

The event is sponsored by a number of local businesses, including Mosaic, Ice Mountain, Ventra, Right Choice heating and others. All proceeds from the event will go to Evart High School.

For more information, call the Evart Police Department at (231) 734-5911.