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March 29, 2014

Crayon Carnival comes in colors to Cooperstown

The tardy spring can deter one from going outside, but it doesn’t have to stop families from having a fun and active day at the carnival.

The Cooperstown Parent Teacher Association will host the Crayon Carnival and Stroll of Nations in the Cooperstown Middle/High School gym from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The Saturday event has been a tradition for CCS parents and students for more than 30 years.

“If you mention this event to anyone from around here, they all know what it is,” said Joanne Crowson, a five-year CCS PTA member and chairwoman of the event.

The carnival activities will span the entire gym and will include inflatable games and bounce houses; the Stroll of Nations where people can learn more about various cultures through music, food and displays; the food court; basket raffle and silent auction, and 10 traditional carnival games including hoop shoot, and ring-a-bat, where players try to toss a ring onto a bat.

There is no fee for admission, but people can purchase raffle tickets, which are used to play the games, go on rides, buy food and to enter the basket raffle.

Some of the baskets include a basketful of chocolate and a basket of kids toys, with coloring books and crayons.

The PTA advocates for the education of children and it is composed of parents and teachers, Crowson said. “We want to enhance and advance what the school does, and be a resource for the community.”

The Crayon Carnival is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser every year, Crowson said.

The PTA helps to fund student organizations such as KidGarden, Red Hot Ropers, TREP$ entrepreneurial club and school field trips.

The money raised throughout the year is also used for grants for parents and teachers, Crowson said.

In order to make the carnival a possibility, the PTA has to do a lot of planning, said Crowson. The PTA begins planning the event in September and continues until the day of the event. The PTA will also utilize more than 100 volunteers at the carnival to operate the rides and games, take raffle tickets, and serve the food.

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