Tuesday, November 18, 2014

StreetFest 2014!

Every year, the Camp War Eagle family joins forces with Mosaic Church and The Jones Center for Families to offer a fun and sugar filled evening to residents of Springdale and surrounding cities. This magnum of milk chocolate and evening of energy is Streetfest, a beloved tradition for local families.
This year, on October 29th, Streetfest reached a new attendance high of over 1,400 people! Upon entry through festive balloon arches, kids and families, dressed in costumes ranging from dinosaurs to farmers to animals of all kinds, were given bags for candy and tickets for dinner and a raffle with fantastic prizes. Candy was in high supply with thousands and thousands of pieces donated by Mosaic Church families. Volunteers from Camp War Eagle and Mosaic attended carnival games where kids played for delicious morsels of chocolate or gummies. The two organizations provided over 100 volunteers for the fun evening; some acted as treat distributors, others monitored the safety of the 3 huge inflatables set up on The Jones Center lawn.
There was more than just candy and games set up on The Jones Center’s land. Both Camp War Eagle and The Jones Center had representatives available for families to ask questions and discuss their programs. Through Camp War Eagle’s presence, over 40 people were given assistance in the summer camp application process. The Jones Center employees were able to answer questions about membership and communicate the value of staying involved with all the family center has to offer. Each organization donated great prizes to the raffle as well: a free session at camp or day camp and a Jones Center family membership for an entire year! The raffle also boasted a $100 prize, excitedly claimed by a mother with her few young children.
In the days leading up the event, flyers were distributed to nearby apartment complexes in Springdale by Camp War Eagle staff. “We love getting the whole community involved in this awesome event! It’s so much fun. Hopefully everyone who gets a flyer can come!” Erin Wiltse, Springdale CWE365 assistant director, said in the midst of flyer distribution. Based on the massive turnout, the flyers definitely played a part in getting families to the fun happening at The Jones Center. "I love having a fun and safe event to bring my kids to. They really enjoy it... and the candy," said one mother from Springdale.

“We consider it a total success,” Mosaic elementary staff member and director of the event, Matt Noetzel reflected on the event. “Families seem to love it more and more every year!”