COOK — The Cook Area Credit Union’s annul event truly lived up to its name this year.

The recent “Family Fun Night” drew many families and certainly was a lot of fun.

“Thank you CACU for all your hard work. My kids had a blast,” was one parent’s response.

“What a fun night,” said another in a thank you to the credit union. “My kids couldn’t wait to wear their pink/orange/green/blue hair to school today.”

A station where children could have their hair dyed and temporary tattoos applied was just of the many fun things for youngsters to do.

The credit union has put on the Family Fun Night for five years, and this time partnered with the Early Childhood Family Education’s Pumpkin Party to make it one big bash at the North Woods School near Cook.

More than 200 kids attended the event, with had a “Rock ’n Roll” theme, in the commons area at the school, and about 70 children ages 5 and younger were at the pumpkin party in the ECFE classroom with their moms and dads.

The ever-popular bouncy house was back this year, along with two new attractions — a photo booth and karaoke provided by the Northern Exposure Photo Booth of Eveleth. Children had fun dressing up and goofing around with props as their photos were taken in the booth, and many kids sang on the stage as proud parents applauded while enjoying hot dogs, chips and popcorn.

The big party included a variety of fun stations — managed by “the 24 people who care” from the CACU. Children participated in activities such as a scavenger hunt, crafts, yard golf, a duck pond, a cookie walk, hair dying and tattoos, puzzles and guessing games.

Prizes and candy were awarded at each station, and after children visited at least six of them, their names were put into a drawing held at the conclusion of the evening. Those prizes included a MP3 player, won by Micaden Clines, and a free night’s stay at The Edge Waterpark in Duluth, which Mia Schuchard won.

The ECFE classroom, which was overseen by Bernie Kantola, was full of youngsters and their parents pounding golf tees into pumpkins, decorating and eating cookies, and making little foam ghosts to take home.

The credit union extends special thanks to the North Woods School, Northern Exposure Photo Booth, The Edge Waterpark, McDonald’s of Cook, and Lucian Whitney, a local representative of Upper Lakes Foods, for making the evening a success.

“I think the whole town was there — so fun,” remarked a parent.

“Thanks to all the hard workers who made the night successful. We appreciate you,” said another.

“What a fun night. ... It was our first time there; can’t wait for next year,” said yet another.

The credit union and Early Childhood staff feel much the same. Their collective reply: “We cannot wait to see you again next year.”

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