By Tippi Rasp

Staff Writer

Nearly 300 people turned out Saturday to make crafts, dig for gold, throw horseshoes and play other old-time games during the Salvation Army’s Community Round Up Block Party.

A block party king and queen were crowned amid western decorations salvaged from vacation Bible school. Angela VanBrunt, a Salvation Army Church member, was crowned queen. Her friend, Travis Barlett was king.

“I made him get dressed up and come,” VanBrunt said.

Jamie Clay, a Salvation Army cadet from officers’ training school in Enid through an internship, planned the event.

She said people enjoyed pony rides (on stick horses), a cow chip throw (with painted foam plates), a shoot-out (with water guns), a bean bag toss and basketball shoot, among other events.

She said a prayer tent also was maintained throughout the event.

“Our main focus is people realizing Salvation Army is a church,” Clay said. “We want to touch the community.”

Clay said attendance at Salvation Army Church consistently is between 60 and 70.

Salvation Army provided food and more than 20 volunteers helped clean up and run the games and tents. She said the volunteers spent about 50 man-hours planning and organizing the event.

Clay said they gave away about 15 cases of candy, gift bags for each child and an overabundance of gift wrapping supplies they didn’t think they’d need for the next year.

Clay said they even had a contest for best-decorated cowboy hat.

Carolina Williamson won that event.

Clay said so many interesting people came to the event. One lady came just because she loved Clay’s flier advertising the event. A former Marine came because he wanted to meet the cadet in town.

Clay said she was happy people came for whatever reason they gave.

“I think we’ve had a very good turnout with the community,” Clay said. “It was a fun day. It was hot, but I enjoyed it.”

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