450-500 people enjoyed a day at the carnival, hosted by the Community Resource Centre and volunteers, on June 23.
The ball diamonds were transformed into bright colored bouncy tents, slides, laser tags, a family photo booth, and a variety of fun games, sumo wrestling and much more.
Picnic tables were set up to enjoy a concession, plenty of dunk tank excitement and visiting with friends and neighbors.
The CRC staff; Wendy Chaychuk, Shannon Bray, Loralie Volaric, Mara Plican, Susan Raiwet, Lara Petch and Heather MacAskill organized and partnered with many helpful volunteers to host the event.
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit community programs hosted by the CRC.
“We were looking at host a fundraiser, to give families a fun day to enjoy a carnival style event right here in their own community,” said Adult Education Coordinator Heather MacAskill.
The carnival is a new venture for the CRC. Three years ago, the idea was started by the Bandits Senior hockey team. President at the time, Troy Waye, the executive board and a group of volunteers hosted a Kid’s Fun Day at the ball diamonds mid-July.
The CRC ladies started planning their first the end of March.
“Because of the success of the carnival, we have every intention to make it an annual event,” said Early Intervention Coordinator Wendy Chaychuk.
A number of volunteers and businesses donated, including photography, music and several brave souls for the dunk tank. A long list of companies sponsored the games, keeping the rental costs minimal from ‘In the Zone Party’ from Grande Prairie. The school was actively involved, helping with the music, late night movie and dunk tank volunteers.
Three game booths; spider web toss, pick a nose prize and toilet paper toss were created and hosted by KAP Inspections, Lisa Peterson. Donated funds from the games went to the Fox Creek Highland Dance Club, CHAMPS (Choosing Healthy Attitudes Modeling Pals) and Friends of the Fox Creek Hospital Society.
No final funds raised from the event were calculated as of yet.
To conclude the day, a free movie Journey 2 – The Mysterious Island was shown on the side of the arena and a number of door prizes distributed. A number of teenagers and parents came out to the show.
The CRC are focusing on youth work for the summer and planning more youth programs in the future. A new youth coordinator, Oksana Atwood joins the CRC staff.
“We are hoping the carnival grows, it is what community wants it to be,” said Wendy. The event will be held every summer, the dates yet to be decided. The Facebook page will remain active https://www.facebook.com/events/182503855211617/ and feedback, suggestions and new ideas are welcomed, stop by the CRC or give them a call.
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