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Fun for families: The Perham Community Carnival

Large inflatable bouncers, like this one from last year's carnival, will be on hand to entertain kids. File photo

Promising “some fun for everyone,” the third annual Perham Community Carnival is coming up this Friday, April 25 at the Perham Area Community Center.

From 3:30-7 p.m., kids can play games, adults can take part in a raffle drawing and silent auction, and everyone can socialize and snack on pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs, chips, bars, sodas and more.

A fundraiser for New Creation Lutheran Church, there is no cost to get into the event.

“A highlight is, there’s something for everyone, of all ages,” said Janene Lang, one of the event’s organizers.

Lang said the carnival’s time was set to allow kids and their families to go straight to the PACC after school, so they can start playing games right away before sitting down for dinner.

Games like plinko, a toilet roll toss and other carnival-style favorites will all featured, with small prizes awarded. Four large inflatable bouncers will also be on hand to entertain kids, and face painting will be available.

Lang said the church’s youth group gets involved in the planning for the event, putting together games for the little ones.

All church members, she said, play a role in the carnival, either by helping to plan events and set up, or by collecting or making donations for the silent auction and raffle.

Silent auction items this year will include everything from gift baskets to pontoon cruises. Raffle prizes will include $500 cash for first prize, a whole processed hog for second prize, and six other cash prizes.

“We try to have a few nice big prizes for the raffle,” said Lang.

Silent auction bids will be read off at 6:30 p.m., and the raffle drawing will take place at 7 p.m.

Participants need not be present to win, though Lang said that in past years, “We’ve been very fortunate that, for many of the prizes, the person has been there to hear his or her name announced, and that’s been exciting to see.”

Raffle tickets are $2 and are available in advance through any New Creation church member or at the church office. Tickets may also be purchased at the carnival, up until the time of the drawing.

“People just like to bring the family and have supper there and take advantage of the games for the kids,” summed up Lang of the event. “Tables and chairs will be set up. Lots of visiting goes on, and the adults always have a good time watching the kids. It’s fun to see the kids winning prizes.”

For more information, call the church office at 346-7203.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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