Reed City Band Carnival draws crowd

REED CITY — Screams of joy and fright could be heard throughout the halls of Reed City High School on Saturday as the band hosted its annual carnival, complete with haunted maze.

“This is the biggest band event of the year,” said band director Mike Klepp. “This has been a huge tradition for a few decades. It’s always a big hit.”

Families browsed the many activities available during the carnival and stopped to allow youngsters to play in inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses and slides. In other areas of the high school, families participated in a cake walk and various games, including ring tosses and Frisbee throws. Children could stop at a booth and ask for a balloon animal made by Dynamite the Clown.

Braver souls could explore the haunted maze, put together by band students.

“The students and the band boosters do an incredible amount of work for this,” Klepp said. “This brings the community together. On cold, dark winter days, it’s 75 degrees and sun in here.”