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 the planning continues until the day of the event. They also utilize over 100 volunteers at the carnival to operate the rides and games, take raffle tickets, and serve the food.
“It really does involve a lot of people to make it happen,” Crowson said.
Crowson also said the middle/high school students volunteer and help the younger kids.
“It’s been such a long tradition for those students,” Crowson said. “They probably remember having an older student help them when they were kids.”
The food is mostly donated and consists of typical carnival fare including hot dogs and pizza, but there will also be ziti and Mexican dishes. The food itself is enough of a draw for some people.
“I once heard that people came just for the food,” Crowson said.
Crowson said her favorite part about the event is that everyone comes together to help the PTA, which in turn helps the school and the entire community and they enjoy it.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Crowson. “It’s a nice event to bring people together.”
“Everybody has a great time,” Crowson continued. “The kids really thoroughly enjoy it and they’re exhausted by the end of the day.”
For more information or to make a monetary donation or a donation for the basket raffle, please contact Joanne Crowson by calling 607-437-8761 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.