A back-to-school block party open to the community will be 3 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1611 Williams Drive.
The church, as part of its community outreach and missions programs, wants to provide an afternoon that a family can attend at minimal cost, so the cost of admission to the block party will be one nonperishable food item or paper product per person. These will be donated to one of the food pantries in Fort Dodge.
A special feature of the event will be a dunk tank starting at 3 p.m. with Bruce Hartley, principal at Feelhaver Elementary School, in the tank. Among other volunteers in the dunk tank will be Charles Clayton from Athletes for Education; the Rev. Jim Meadows, First Congregational United Church of Christ; the Rev. Bill Kerns, First Christian Church; Jennifer Peterson, youth director at First United Methodist Church; local high school football players, wrestling coaches and many more.
There will be activities and prizes for children ages 3 and younger, ages 4 and 5, as well as games of challenge for all other ages, such as football toss, Frisbee golf, bean bag toss, ring toss and a putting green. There will also be a Bouncy Thing for the younger ones.
Inside entertainment will feature magic by Larry Dunbar, juggling by Chuck Reetz and continuous bingo games.
Sloppy Joes, hot dogs, chips and a drink will also be served at no additional cost.
A freewill donation will be accepted and donated to a local cause.