The Monett Jaycees will host the Jaycees Carnival, Monett's longest-running summer tradition, for the 82nd year beginning on Wednesday, July 18 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 on 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 be in charge of the food. The dunk tank will be available with the dunkees to be announced.
Nine new games will be introduced this year and a central prize booth will be implemented in conjunction with the new games. The children will earn coins at the games and will be able to turn them in for prizes at the prize booth.
Wednesday night will be sponsored by state representative candidate Scott Fitzpatrick. All rides will be free but tickets are still needed for the games.
Concessions will include burgers, drinks, funnel cakes and cotton candy. Oakley encouraged families to make a night of it.
Oakley is the carnival chairman. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 489-0197 or at Top Hat Cleaners, 210 W. Broadway in Monett. The cost is $2 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 past Jaycee members night will be held on Thursday.