Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer
The Western Essential Ministries has held the Splash and Friends puppet show in local parks this summer in order to provide children and families with fun activities during the evening for free.
The event is held on Mondays at Green Acres Park in Clovis, Tuesdays at Confere Park in Portales and Wednesdays at the Portales City Park. The puppet show starts at 6 p.m. each night and includes activities such as ballooning, Bible stories and illusions.
Melissa Lamb, a co-founder of WEM, said the event is “cool family fun that is something different than church. It’s a good, family-friendly program.”
Each week the puppet show has a new story to tell and a moral to teach based off of Bible stories.
Lamb said this is the third summer that the show has been held. On Wednesday evenings at the City Park they usually have about 200 people. The First Baptist Church of Portales sponsors it and provides free food such as nachos, hot dogs and frito pies.
Tuesday’s programs at Confere park are sponsored by the New Testament Baptist Church of Portales, which provides food as well. The program is bilingual, both in English and Spanish, and usually draws crowds of about 40-50 people, Lamb said.
Lamb said WEM is still trying to find a church in Clovis to sponsor Monday’s show.
Michelle Castillo, 10, said she has been coming to the puppet shows since last summer and has attended most of the shows this summer because she likes dancing to the music and eating the food.
“I think (the puppet show) is really funny,” Castillo said. “Splash and his brother are the funniest.”