The Monett Jaycees will host the Jaycees Carnival, Monett's longest-running summer tradition, for the 81st year beginning Wednesday at the South Park soccer fields.
Activities get underway at 6:30 p.m. through Saturday. According to Brittie Oakley, Jaycees president, attractions will stay open until 10 p.m. or later or Friday and Saturday, depending on the crowds.
The features that have delighted children for decades will return for the carnival. Rides will include the bus, train, boat ride, rockets, car ride, merry-go-round and the ferris wheel.
Games will include a water gun shoot for prizes, a softball milk can toss, darts, Weber's Folly and the duck pond. The Monett Rural Fire Association will staff the always popular dunk tank.
Concessions will include burgers, drinks, funnel cakes and cotton candy. Oakley encouraged families to make a night of it.
Jon Hagar is the carnival chairman. Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting Hagar at 737-1152. The cost is $3 for five tickets. At the carnival, tickets will cost $1 each.
Around 30 Jaycees will run the rides and games. Funds raised provide operating money for the year and pay for special programs such as the Thanksgiving baskets and scholarships.
A reunion of past Jaycees members will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Monett Masonic Lodge, which is located at the corner of 13th and Glen streets.