Clark Community Center still a fun place to gather

Clark Community Center still a fun place to gather

Image Credit: Dave Mast

The third annual Clark Community Center Carnival & Touch a Truck event took place Saturday, June 4 at the CCC, where there were plenty of games, a photo booth, food and drinks, a bounce house, and face painting.

In addition, the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office was there with a cruiser, there was a fire truck and ambulance, a rescue ladder truck, and several county organizations.

While creating an enjoyable experience for kids and families, the event also continues to raise awareness about everything the CCC has to offer to people, whether that is a place for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, family or class reunions, game nights, or many other functions that can take place in the old Clark school’s gymnasium, outdoor playground and many classrooms available to rent for functions.

Jes McConville, one of the CCC board members, was busy painting tiny, smiling faces as part of the event but took the time to discuss the event and the efforts of the CCC to continue to branch out and spread the word about the center’s role in the county.

“When we created this event, we wanted to make a fun day for the kids to come out and have fun,” McConville said. “But we are always trying to find new ways to connect with the community and share everything we have to offer here.”

Part of that outreach is inviting other area organizations to bring in their own games and bolster the events throughout the day. In addition, she said bringing in all of the public work vehicles for the kids and their parents to explore is always enticing because it allows those organizations to connect with the public and gives them a chance to connect with kids to become more accustomed to the emergency crews and the job they perform.

“Kids get a chance to see what our first responders, the dog warden and other departments do for our community, as well as exploring their vehicles, which is always fun,” McConville said.

McConville went on to say the CCC board makes every effort to connect with other community organizations because supporting one another helps everyone grow.

“We love our community, and it is important for us to connect with other groups and promote everything we have here in Holmes County together,” McConville said.

Now in its third year, the CCC started amid COVID times but has continued to grow its programs and benefits to the community.

McConville said while Clark may be tucked away in its own corner of Holmes County, the board views it as a hidden gem of the county, something they hope to bring to light as they expand their services and continue to offer more and more venue opportunities to the people.

“You can’t beat this space for birthday parties, reunions and all kinds of gatherings,” McConville said. “It’s such a perfect venue for any kind of gathering, and after being separated for so long because of the pandemic, it is an ideal place for people to gather and reconnect.”

For more information on renting the CCC for an event, including the bounce house, which must stay on the facility grounds, call board member Taylor Faunce at 330-231-3592. The center is located at 1390 state Route 83 in Clark.