At left, a group of children enjoy the Splash Pad at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex at last year’s Back to School Blast. This year’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at Faith Baptist Church and will feature water jumpers, carnival games, food, pony and hay rides, a backpack giveaway and more. Artesia Public Schools students and their families are encouraged to attend the event and celebrate the return to classes for the 2013-14 school year. Brienne Green - Daily Press

At left, a group of children enjoy the Splash Pad at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex at last year’s Back to School Blast. This year’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at Faith Baptist Church and will feature water jumpers, carnival games, food, pony and hay rides, a backpack giveaway and more. Artesia Public Schools students and their families are encouraged to attend the event and celebrate the return to classes for the 2013-14 school year. Brienne Green – Daily Press