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Team Buckley's Youth Center to host Penny Carnival and Open House

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Rylee, left, and Delanie; daughters of Casey Waggoner, Child Development Center child care provider; pose in costume for Team Buckley's Penny Carnival Oct. 31. The event, hosted by the Buckley Youth Center, offered the military community a variety of events for all ages. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Rylee, left, and Delanie; daughters of Casey Waggoner, Child Development Center child care provider; pose in costume for Team Buckley's Penny Carnival Oct. 31. The event, hosted by the Buckley Youth Center, offered the military community a variety of events for all ages. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of Team Buckley's Youth Center are scheduled to host a Penny Carnival and Open House Oct. 31. This event is open to children of all ages.

"The purpose of this event is to offer the military community a good time," said Christina Nelson, 460th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs Recreation Assistant. "This time of year there are tons of events that cater to the scarier side of this season. We had several teens and preteens who wanted to go that route with this carnival, but once we reminded them that the young ones on this base might enjoy something a little less scary they were keen on ideas and participation."

The event will offer a variety of activities suitable for all age groups. There will be a cake walk, face painting and a chicken-throw game. Along more traditional lines, there will be a bean bag and ring toss, cookie decorating, as well as an art activity. Every game is only a penny.

This event is the first to be held of its kind at Team Buckley.

"The Youth Center is a brand new facility and the first that Team Buckley has had for the military youth's at this base," said Nelson. "We are looking forward to making this a long tradition for Buckley Air Force Base Youth Programs."

Many people at Team Buckley feel that orchestrating events such as this will have a positive outcome for our youth on base.

"We already have a long line of eight-year-olds drooling to get inside the youth center," said Nelson. "We absolutely believe that this event will have a positive effect on all those who participate.

Our youths will also gain the satisfaction of knowing that they hosted a spectacular event in their stomping grounds, said Nelson.

"Families who come to visit will leave knowing that in today's chaotic world, there are still some simple pleasures to be had in good ole-fashioned fun," said Nelson. "They will also get to see firsthand the sort of first class events their military community strives to offer them."

Service members are welcome to participate in any event the Youth Center hosts. They can contact the Youth Center, 720-847-9992.
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