By Ron VandenBoom
Games, food, and talent made for a perfect day on Sunday when the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce held Sunday in the Park at the MSU-Northern SUB.
Sunday in the Park is a Festival Days tradition that was permanently moved to the Northern SUB this year to provide a more comfortable and protected environment for the annual free barbecue.
It featured an afternoon of free entertainment, free hamburgers, and free games for the kids.
We all have our own sections, said Kate Nagengast, president of the Student Education Association (SEA)and one of the educational psychology students who provided games for the kids.
Professor Micky Kolis divided his class into sections and told the students to devise games that were appropriate for the age group they were assigned. Games were available for kids from pre-school through high school.
Nagengast helped to run one of the sections that was appropriate for the younger picnickers. Face painting, musical chairs, beanbag tosses, and crafts were just a few of the games they came up with.
All supplies were donated to the event by local businesses and prizes also were contributed.
This is an experience, let me tell you, Nagengast said.
The only paid event at the barbecue was the dunk tank run by SEA as a fund-raiser.
Funds from the tank go to provide for guest speakers for the SEA Club and for other projects the club sponsors throughout the year.
The barbecue was one event that appealed to young and old alike as 500 hamburger patties were prepared for hungry guests.
The burgers were cooked by board members and served with pickles, mustard and catsup.
Pies provided by the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) also went for $10 a pie or $2 a slice. The funds will go to support scholarships and the Missoula Childrens Theatre that will perform in Havre in the Fall.