For the third consecutive year, West Cannon Baptist Church is offering a free family carnival. Last year’s event was held for two hours on a Wednesday evening when over 300 families enjoyed 16 games with prizes, and nine large inflatables including Mountain Climb, Bungee Run, Velcro Wall, Ball Pit, Boxing, Bounce House, and others. There was also face painting, a dunk tank, free children’s books, a Toddler Zone with games and activities, and up-close looks at a fire engine and an ambulance. Nearly 200 volunteers from the church’s staff and congregation served 500 hot dogs, 350 “walking tacos,” 450 bags of popcorn, 500 ice cream cones, and an undetermined number of snow cones and beverages. This year’s event has been expanded from two hours to three to accommodate larger crowds. There will also be some additional activities plus appearances by Crash, the River Rascal mascot of the West Michigan Whitecaps, from 1 to 2 p.m., and representatives of the Rockford D.A.R.E. program. According to Rev. Douglas Crawford, pastor of West Cannon Baptist Church, “West Cannon has been a part of the community since 1914. One of the ways in which we can contribute to our community is to help families. Our hope is that by providing an afternoon of fun for the family we will not only encourage families but also let them know we are here to help them throughout the year.” All area families are invited to take part in this exciting and free family carnival on Saturday, August 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 5760 Cannonsburg Road, east of Northland Dr. between Pettis and Egypt Valley.