The Greater Carbondale Area Ministerium is currently taking pre-registrations for an upcoming competition the group, in conjunction with the City of Carbondale, is sponsoring at the Carbondale Skate Park. The Carbondale Skate Park Competition will take place at the Belmont St. park on Saturday, August 10, from noon until 3:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Gan Arnold, assistant pastor at the Lighthouse Worship Center and a member of the Greater Carbondale Ministerium council, said that the event was held last year and was a success, so the group hopes this year’s competition will draw even more participants and spectators.

“We had a good turnout last year, but this year, we expect a much larger one. We’re contacting former participants and inviting them back, verbally promoting the competition everywhere, and will have a huge banner attached to the Skate Park fence advertising the event. We have the event posted on the Ministerium’s Facebook page and ask everyone who can to share, share, share to help us get the word out,” said Ms. Arnold.

The competition is open to people ages 12 and up. Participants may compete in any of the four categories: skateboards, bicycles, scooters, and skates. Competitors will be grouped by age into three groups and all participants must have a helmet and protective pads and must sign a waiver.

Judging for the competition is being arranged by one of the Ministerium’s participating pastors. Winners will receive gift cards and medals to commemorate their achievement.

Registration for the event is free and can be done online by clicking on the “find tickets” link on the Carbondale Skate Park Competition event page on Facebook. Although pre-registration is preferred, participants may register at the Skate Park on event day starting at noon for the 12:30 p.m. competition. Participants who register online are asked to print out the form, complete it, and bring it to the registration table on the day of the event.

According to Ms. Arnold, the event will also feature music, free refreshments, gift cards for the winners in each category, and a drawing for other prizes. “City businesses have been very responsive with donations, and the word is really getting around, so we’re expecting a big turnout. People have been generous in helping us, with several churches donating $100 each last year and someone donating the money to hold the event this year as well,” explained Ms. Arnold.

During the event, members of the Greater Carbondale Ministerium will be on hand to chat with competitors and their families and to invite them to a Youth Group event at the Peckville Assembly of God that’s slated to take place on the evening of the competition. Ms. Arnold stated that her church uses the Skate Park as a “mission field” where they can reach out to local youth as part of the church’s efforts to bring young people closer to God.

Although the Skate Park Competition is for people ages 12 and up, younger children won’t miss out on some wholesome summer fun. The Lighthouse Worship Center will host a free event for younger children on Saturday, July 27, from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Skate Park. All children ages 11 and under are welcome, but kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. This event will feature free food, games, and fun, with the chance to win some prizes. No registration is required for the July 27 event.

For more information about either event, visit the Greater Carbondale ministerium on Facebook.