Thursday, September 5, 2019

Haakon County Library organizes a Kindness Carnival

Sign for Carnival with signs pointing to rides and prizes
Kindness Carnival - photo courtesy of Haakon County Public Library's Facebook Page

"A token given for being an awesome human." This was the start of a joint community program with the Haakon County Library, Extension Office, and 4-H in Philip, SD. The group wanted to have a kid friendly event that did not cost anything for the kids to attend.

Businesses, schools, and daycares in Philip were asked if they would be willing to hand out kindness coins to well-behaved children, which the children would then use as tokens at a community carnival. It became a huge success!

The date was set for October from 2-5 pm at a local park.

The local photographer ran a photo booth, FCCLA was in charge of the Cookie Walk and Snow Cone machine. The High School Art Class ran the Face Painting and Tattoo booth, FFA was in charge of the Coin Dig, 4-H led the Pumpkin Painting with pumpkins and gourds donated by local gardeners. Hansen’s Taxidermy organized a Minnow Race, with the winning minnows being the prize (this game was the highlight for the kids)! Game, Fish and Parks had a Backyard Bass game.

There was apple bobbing, stick horse races, spoon and eyeball races, potato sack races, three legged races, plinko, duck pond, LARGE Jenga. Cornhole and checkers were set up for adults to play, as well as a very large tic tac toe table. Standard carnival games such as bean bag toss and ring toss were included, and also a miniature animal petting zoo with mini donkeys, mini cow, mini horse.

The day started with a costume parade, the local DJ played music and the Fire Department sponsored a Chili Cookoff. 350 to 400 attendees turned out for what became a huge community event that started as an idea to reward children exhibiting acts of kindness.