The winter can deter one from going outside, but it does not 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. on March 29.
This event has been a tradition for CCS parents and students for over 30 years.
“If you mention this event to anyone from around here they all know what it is,” said Joanne Crowson, five year CCS PTA member and chairperson 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 pay to purchase raffle tickets, which are used to play the games, go on rides, buy food, and to enter into the basket raffle.
Some of the baskets include a basket full of chocolate and a basket of kid’s toys, with coloring books and crayons.
The PTA advocates for the education of children and it is comprised of parents and teachers, Crowson said.
“We want to enhance and advance what the school does and be a resource for the community,” Crowson continued.
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 fieldtrips.
The money raised throughout the year is also used for grants for parents and teachers, Crowson said.