July 11, 2011 –
The Summer Celebration had lots of activities for families that were held in Prairie Peoples Park Saturday night. Fourteen PBPN, Topeka, and other groups helped sponsor the event.
The Boswell family stopped for a pose.
The dunk tank was one of the most popular games and the target in the tank is Police Officer Steve Smith. Isaac Hale is throwing the ball. Other police officers and members of the Boys & Girls Club staff were also targets.
The Kansas Army National Guard had a rock climb.
Deb Wakole (in pink shirt) reaches the top of the climb along with Branden Coy of the National Guard.
Following her climb, Deb was congratulated by her son, Charles “Wishkeno” Wakole, who was manning the rock climb along with Coy. Both men are members of the National Guard.
Another fun game for the kids was the Biker Washer that was sponsored by Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). BACA also had a tattoo booth available and showed a video to the children at the end of the evening about creating a safe environment for abused children.
This youngster was proud to show off his tattoo.
There was a golf putting game, duck pond, and other games. Face painting was also sponsored by the Tribal Victims Assistance staff.
Daniel Goombi (with microphone) was the emcee for the evening and is on the Family Violence Prevention staff which helped sponsor the evening. Cory Wabski and Carol Shopteese with the Diabetes Prevention Program cooked over 400 hotdogs and some bison burgers for the event. A food drive was also held for the food pantry at Partners in Hope in Mayetta.
Ed Janssen, who owns a custom fireworks display and sales business called Kansas Skylighters, Havensville, Kan. provided the fireworks display for the evening.
The display in progress. Tribal police also handed out neon necklaces to the kids before the show.
Karen Daubon (in red) enjoyed the show with her family who lined up in lawn chairs facing west toward M Road. The display was shot in a pasture across the road.
David Daubon, sits in the foreground, and had a ringside seat at the show.