Family friendly celebration
Snow doesn't keep crowds away from Garden Valley New Year's Eve event.
By ANGIE HAFLICH
Despite heavy snowfall throughout the day, a variety of people enjoyed the plethora of activities offered at Garden Valley Church's annual New Year's Eve party Monday night.
"The snow is really nice, but I was hoping it didn't scare some people from coming," church member Hannah Proffitt said. "There's sometimes different youth leaders that bring their youth over, and we've got the fire crew here from Holcomb. There are a lot of different people here. I think my nephew's basketball team is coming. There are a lot of different ages."
Proffitt coordinates the event every year and tries to offer entertaining activities for both kids and adults.
As kids played pool, foosball, air hockey and pingpong, and others created arts and crafts, some of the adults played checkers and Scrabble as they ate finger food such as crackers, cheese, and chips and dip.
"Throughout the night, we'll do musical chairs, the balloon blow off with the big pants, the ginger bread house build-off, limbo and then the leaning tower of 'cheeza,' and then we've got the ongoing activities to make stuff, the balloons and stuff," she said, adding that the leaning tower of 'cheeza' involves teams building towers with crackers and spray cheese to see who can build the tallest tower.
In the balloon blow off, teams are formed and one person puts a giant pair of pants on, which his or her teammates must then fill with as many blown up balloons as possible.
As one little boy made his cousin a balloon hat, church member Jeff Koehn was attempting to make a balloon for his son.
"He wants a sword," Koehn said.
At the same activity station, Proffitt's son, 4-year-old Dominik, affixed a fake tattoo to his arm.
"I did it all by myself," he told his mom.
After some of the kids played musical chairs, the winner was awarded a medal.
Holcomb firefighter Joseph Leyba said he thought he better stay out of the competition.
"I didn't want to beat the kids at musical chairs," Leyba said.
The music was provided by Holcomb Fire Chief Bill Knight, through his company Segway Sound.
Leyba, along with fellow firefighters Eric Porter and Eric Ramsey, attended the event with Knight.
"Bill, our fire chief, he told us he was doing this and thought it would be fun if we came along," Leyba said.
A couple of bands took the stage later in the evening, both of which Proffitt plays the keyboard in.
"The bands don't really have names," guitarist Rich Maynard said. "We're helping two kids that haven't really done it before. Hannah is always getting us to train up some kids."
Proffitt said that there were also musicians from other church organizations playing in the bands.
At midnight, a New Year's Eve ball filled with candy was dropped.
"It flies out pretty good," Proffitt said. "There's kids like laying all over the floor. It's pretty funny."
She said it has taken her several years to perfect the ball.
"We made a lot of different balls trying to figure it out. One year, I made it out of cardboard and it looked like a UFO," she said, laughing. "We had cones around on the floor, like, 'Don't stand here.' I was so nervous that it might fall down. Then, I tried to sew one and it was top heavy, and when it was falling it kind of flipped and the candy just kind of fell in one place on the floor."