Buck-a-roos and other community members enjoyed rodeo games at the annual St. Paul Family Carnival.
The St. Paul staff, PTO, parents and other church volunteers helped organize and run another successful carnival on Saturday, April 13.
Many families visited St. Paul Lutheran School for the event. The unusual wet snowy weather may have brought a few more new faces into the event.
Manawa Rodeo Queen Shyann Nieland of Hortonville showed children how to barrel race. They used blow-up bouncy balls to get their best times down on the chart. Some of the kids were under 15 seconds, so they may have a chance of being a future rodeo queen.
Manawa Rodeo Princess Katie Ubl of New London helped the youngsters with rounding up cattle. Little ones took fly swatters and herded balloons of certain colors into their correct pens.
Manawa’s own rodeo cowboy Pete Ziebel showed the crowd how to lasso. The children hopped up on a spring horse to try their luck at lassoing.
Smiles were everywhere.
Fourteen other activities were available for the other children to try. There were little stalls on hand for the participants to try their luck with the wild stick horses in the bucking ring. There were also some cliff climbers, little fishermen, wagon wheel winners, and some were even seen picking prairie chickens … or were they ducks?
A bounce house kept the little ones – who may have filled up on candy at the snack bar run by St. Paul’s PTO – jumping for hours.
The big attraction was the Rodeo Maze Race. This large blow-up fun house was able to hold all carnival goers from children to adults.
One grandma and grandpa who come every year were feeling blue as their grandchildren couldn’t come this year. They still had fun after borrowing the neighbor kids and serving as surrogate grandparents for the day. Those three children had lunch, snacks, games, won prizes and couldn’t stop talking about the great time.
A total of 24 baskets were raffled off. Manawa’s businesses provided the many wonderful items from groceries, flowers, hair products, toys, Packers items, free nine-hole golf days, bowling games, subs, and gift certificates for restaurants, haircuts, tanning sessions, flowers, as well as, gift shops.
The entire community can be grateful for the wonderful donations of monies and time.
The profits from the event will help sponsor field trips for the students of St. Paul Lutheran School. Some of the field trips are visiting the EAA, Barlow Planetarium and Cuff’s Pumpkin Patch. Future trips still being planned are to the State Capital, a zoo, and hopefully many others.
The annual carnival always provides a great time for the entire family.