Elks plan children's carnival Friday

Elks Lodge Manager Stacey Bayless (left) and event organizer Maegan Lockard are ready for the St. Maries Elks Lodge first annual St. Patrick’s Day youth carnival, Friday, March 15, 4:30 to 7 p.m. The event is designed for children age 12 years old and younger. There will be an adults-only after party at the lodge.

The St. Maries Elks Lodge will host the first annual St. Patrick’s Day youth carnival, Friday, March 15, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Designed for children up to age 12 the event offers a family-friendly event for the often more adult-oriented holiday according to Elks Lodge Manager Stacey Bayless.

“There isn’t a lot of kid-themed events for St. Patty’s, so we decided to make something,” Ms. Bayless said.

Children in attendance will be able to enjoy games for .25 cents per ticket, win prizes, paint faces, enjoy green soda and even meet a “real-life leprechaun.”

Ms. Bayless said that a Sandpoint resident, who regularly appears at St. Patrick’s Day events as a leprechaun, will join the festivities.

Games at the event include Strike Your Luck Bowling, The Shamrock Open miniature golf, a rainbow coin-toss and a shamrock cookie-walk.

The event is free to attend. Burgers and hot dogs will be for sale. There will also be free snacks available.

For the adults, take your children home and come back for the after-party Ms. Bayless said. The Lodge will host an adults-only after-party featuring food and drink specials and the chance to sing karaoke with a leprechaun.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day event will be in place of the Easter-themed event previously held at this time of year Ms. Bayless said. However, there will be an opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny at the lodge April 7.

Cakes and cookies are needed for the cake-walk.

To request more information or donate call 208-245-1418.

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