Fort Dodge District School Superintendent Doug Van Zyl is scheduled to be among the dunk tank volunteers at the back-to-school block party from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at First Congregational United Church of Christ.
The party is open to the community. The church, at 1611 Williams Drive, plans the party as part of its community outreach and missions programs to provide an afternoon of fun that a family can attend at minimal cost.
The cost of admission will be one nonperishable food item or paper product per person to be donated to one of the food pantries in Fort Dodge.
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, including football toss, Frisbee golf, bean bag toss, ring toss, face painting and tattoos, even a putting green. Also for the younger ones, a Bouncy Thing will be set up. The K-9 dog from the Webster County Sheriff's Department will be show off his skills.
The most popular event of the day has been a dunk tank with teachers and preachers participating. In addition to Van Zyl, others who will sit in the dunk tank are the Rev. Jim Meadows from the First Congregational United Church of Christ; the Rev. Bill Kerns, of First Christian Church; Jennifer Peterson, youth director at First United Methodist Church; Jerrod Smith, principal at Phillips Middle School; Bobby Thompson and Jim Scott, high school wrestling coaches; and the Rev. Steve Bibb, of First United Methodist Church.
Inside entertainment will feature magic by Larry Dunbar at 4:30 p.m., and continuous bingo games. Sloppy Joes, hot dogs, chips and a drink will be served.