Night of Stars

Young gymnasts tumbled and rolled Friday night during Gymagic Gymnastics Presents … A Night of Stars at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

“I know how to do the splits,” said Makayla Kraft, 7. “All the way down.”

Bubbly Makayla, whose younger sister Elizabeth, 5, is also a gymnast, said she loves the sport.

“I’ve been in it since I was 2,” she said.

Makayla and Elizabeth joined other children in line outside the photo booth where their parents could take pictures of them doing gymnastics poses with a giant photo frame or flowers as props. Makayla demonstrated the splits.

While Makayla likes showing off her flexibility, Hunter Rice, 9, likes being up high.

Hunter’s favorite part of being a gymnast is swinging from a high bar.

“The children are the stars,” said Pam Herrington, one of four members of a committee that organizes the fundraiser every year. “This is Gymagic’s way to say thank you to the parents who have supported us.”

Herrington said well over 200 children between the ages of 2 to 17 were performing during the Night of Stars. Each group demonstrated some of the skills they have learned throughout the year for their parents. They also had a chance to see the Acro Sports Team, the most skilled gymnasts, perform. Some of the kids might be inspired to try hard so they can one day be on the team too.

Herrington said money raised from admission fees and the silent auction will be pumped back into the gymnastics program and used for new equipment or expenses or possibly for a future building expansion down the road.

Gymagic Gymnastics holds classes in a commercial building at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds during the school year. The program must make way for the State Fair during the summer but will begin offering classes again in the fall, said Herrington.

This was the third annual Night of Stars.