Surprise party for Carman Smith’s 80th held at Barriere Forks Park

Smith and his wife have lived in Barriere since they were married 52 years ago

 

Carman and Barb Smith opening cards and surprise packages during his 80th birthday party at Barriere Forks Park, July 23.

 

July 23 proved to be quite a surprise for Carman Smith when he and wife Barb arrived at the Barriere Forks Park for a hike to find dozens of friends waiting to wish him a happy 80th birthday.

“This truly is a surprise,” said Smith, “I had no idea that Barb had organized this.”

After excited greetings and congratulations, the afternoon was spent visiting, eating a wonderful buffet luncheon, and hiking one of the trails in the park.

The couple have lived in Barriere since they were married 52 years ago.

Carman Smith tries out a bench that Doug Davis (right) crafted for him. The bench will remain in the park, with the plaque on the bench reading, “Happy 80th Carman Smith 2016. Thank you, Doug Davis for giving us this bench that we can all enjoy year round!”