High Prairie celebrates First Night

Rae-Lynn Anderson, 17, of East Prairie, got a little goofy with her balloon hat while having an enjoyable time.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Fun activities to celebrate the end of 2019 attracted a large crowd in High Prairie for First Night festivities New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 at the Sports Palace.

Families and people of all ages from throughout the region joined the fun at the event hosted by High Prairie Bethel Baptist Church in partnership with High Prairie Church of the Nazarene.

“We estimate between 180-200 people attended the event,” organizer Aaron Harbidge says.

“It is a great community event, especially for families with younger kids who want something fun to do together that is both fun and affordable.

“There is something at the event for everyone in the family.”

People of all ages enjoyed a free evening of crafts, face painting, ice skating, friendship, free popcorn, hotdogs and hot chocolate from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

First Night has become a popular New Year’s Eve event for families in the High Prairie region, he says.

“People enjoyed themselves very much, with many staying for the whole evening,” Harbidge says.

“One lady said thank you for putting this on.”

Organizers appreciate community support.

“We thank our amazing town and community of High Prairie for joining us for such a fun evening,” Harbidge says.

“May God bless you all in 2020.”

First Night was started in 2006 by the Baptist Church initiated by Peter Dunn and his wife, Colleen, to provide a safe and fun family event to celebrate the New Year.

Organizers thank the Church of the Nazarene, the Town of High Prairie and staff at the Sports Palace, along with Freson Bros., Big Lakes Dodge, POPS Home Hardware and South Peace News for supporting the event.

Harbidge also thanks the managers of the Sports Palace who take care of the arena for all their help, and for supporting us in this community event.

“We would also like to thank IGA for donating the hot chocolate, hot dogs, and hot dog buns, Big Lakes Dodge for donating the use of their popcorn maker, POPS Home Hardware for the use of their 100-cup coffee maker, and South Peace News for coming out and highlighting the event. We would also like to thank the Church of the Nazarene for their support and assistance with making the event a big success.”

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