ISHPEMING - More than 1,000 people, mostly parents and their children, came out for Aspen Ridge Elementary School's 10th annual Family Night on Thursday.
Event organizers had one objective for the evening - to bring families and the community together.
"We believe that if you can get families involved with their students and the school that they will do better in school," said Donna Ballweber, event organizer, "But more than that we want the families to feel like we are all one big family."
From left, Rebecca Woolard, 8, Samantha Perrault, 5, and her brothers Logan, 2, and Bailey, 8, stick their hands in the blue “flubber” they made at Family Night at Aspen Ridge Elementary School in west Ishpeming Thursday. Rebecca is the daughter of Mark and Laura Woolard of Ishpeming. Samantha, Logan and Bailey are the children of Bill and Laura Perrault of Ishpeming. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
Tyler Thomas, 8, of Ishpeming prepares himself before Upper Peninsula Luge Association president Fred Anderson, left, releases his grip on the luge during Family Night at Aspen Ridge Elementary School. Tyler is the son of Allen and Delores Devold of Ishpeming. (Journal photo by Andy
With more than 30 exhibits and activities, families were able to visit different stations to experience something new.
Inside activities included making "flubber," face painting, fly tying and silhouette drawings. While outside children were able to try out warm-weather luging, archery and fly casting.
Many community service representatives were present. The Ishpeming Township Fire Department gave tours of their new fire truck and Bell Hospital E.M.S. showed off their ambulance.
Complimentary hot dogs and desserts were provided by Jubilee Foods and Lofaro's Market.
At the end of the event, more than 200 door prizes donated by local businesses were handed out to winners.