Preparations are complete for the "High on Life" celebration set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Pierce City National Guard Armory. Focused on showing alternatives to drug use, the event will feature entertainers, speakers and activities for young people to demonstrate life can be full and interesting without dabbling in drugs and alcohol.
Pierce City Police Officer Sharon Black has organized the event. She has scheduled three Christian rock bands: Ryfe, Jericho 7th from Thayer and an unnamed group to close the show.
"I tried to gather a whole bunch of people to show a lot of alternatives to drugs and drinking," Black said.
|The armory will have booths set up by firefighters, four area police departments, the National Guard, the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District, the Clark Community Mental Health Center, Camp Barnabas, the Ozark Mountain Grotto caving club, local churches and scouting organizations.||Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Fighters Against Child Trauma (FACT) and Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) will be present as well. The Shoal Creek Revival Church will be bringing its carnival to set up for the day.|
Black said a number of those present have been involved in the drug culture and will speak first hand about their experiences and the value of avoiding the trouble they endured. Among the speakers will be representatives from Ark, a prison ministry.
McGruff the crime dog and clowns will be on hand, providing a fun setting for both older and younger children. Concessions and free treats for children will be available.
Children are welcome to come in costume for Halloween if interested, though the event is not planned around the annual event. A number of parents have expressed interest in having a "trunk or treat" gathering in the armory parking lot in the evening.
"We're going to have a great time and lots of fun," said Black about the event, which is being offered free.