The Monet Jaycees Carnival, one of the high points of the summer for Monett area young people, will be held this year July 21 through July 24 at the South Park soccer fields. The carnival will open at 6:30 p.m. nightly and run until around 10 p.m.
This year the Monett Jaycees' theme is "Cheers to 80 Years," celebrating the club's long-established history in Monett. The carnival is also a club legacy, having begun in 1930.
The carnival will return with the features that have kept it popular year after year. Children will be able to ride the Ferris wheel, boats, bus, train and merry-go-round. Games will include water balloon wars, a duck pond, cork gun target range and the dunk tank, run by the Monett Rural Fire Association.
Concessions will be available, including cotton candy and corn dogs, allowing families to get a full meal and spend an evening at the show.
"You are never too old or too young for the Jaycees Carnival," said Jon Hagar, carnival chairman.
Tickets are $1 at the gate or three for $1 in advance. Advance tickets are available by calling Brittie Oakley at 417-489-0197.
As in the past, any business buying $100 worth of tickets or more will be listed on the "We Support Monett through Jaycees" billboard that will be displayed at the carnival.
Convenient parking will be available off Waldensian Road.
As a special feature this year, the Jaycees will offer a special salute to the club's legacy at 4 p.m. on July 24. Special speakers, including past members, will address the group. All past members are welcome, Oakley stressed. A Region 6 meeting will follow the special activities.
The carnival is the Jaycees' biggest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised help pay for Toys for Tots, Thanksgiving baskets, high school scholarships and Missouri Jaycees' Camp Wonderland.
Jaycees is the shortened name for the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. Membership is currently open to men and women ages 18 to 40.
The role of the local Jaycees chapter is to be a leadership training organization. Needs of the community are determined, and projects are created to address those concerns.
Leadership, management and organizational skills are developed through hands-on experience of running projects, such as the carnival. Members also experience fellowship through barbecues, float trips, dances, building a float for annual city parades and attending local, regional and state meetings.