---- — The Cooperstown Parent Teacher Association will once again host the Crayon Carnival & Stroll of Nations.
Festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Cooperstown Middle/High School gymnasium. This will mark the 32nd year of the community festival, which features international exhibits and activities, games, music, raffles, a cake walk and food court.
Beth Lesko, co-president of the Cooperstown PTA, said the Crayon Carnival is a great tradition.
“We welcome school families and community members to come enjoy a day of fun while supporting the PTA and its work to support and enhance Cooperstown Central School,” she said in a media release.
According to the release, children and adults will be able to see exhibits about Peru, Zambia, Ireland, Tanzania, Poland, Australia, Vietnam, India and Mexico at the Stroll of Nations. The Stroll of Nations will also feature music, dances, crafts, displays, clothing, food and decorations from around the world. The country displays are being created by school parents and students.
“The Stroll of Nations provides a kid-friendly venue for learning about other cultures,” Stroll of Nations coordinator Kim Jastremski said in the release. “Each country booth is like a mini museum exhibit, with fun hands-on activities for kids.”
Alicia Chase, Crayon Carnival coordinator, said that the school gym will be transformed into a giant play land, with games, face painting, balloons, music and rides. The Cake Walk will feature Elementary Principal Teresa Gorman as announcer and more than 30 cakes made by CCS faculty and staff.
To complement the Stroll of Nations, organizers said, the food court will offer international dishes. The food court will also feature pizza, soup, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, baked goods and drinks.
The raffle features a Glimmerglass Festival season ticket package worth $1,000, plus gift items for adults and children, gift certificates to local restaurants, shops, and area destinations and themed baskets including gardening, yoga, food and toys. Individuals and businesses that have items for the raffle can contact Tabetha Rathbone at email@example.com. Organizers said that people are welcome to come just to purchase tickets for the raffle during the event or for the food court.
The Crayon Carnival is a fundraiser for the Cooperstown PTA and is made possible by generous financial contributions by local businesses and organizations.
The Cooperstown PTA funds field trips, new books for the school library, reading programs, classroom technology, cultural events, enrichment programs and academic awards. The PTA also supports KidGarden, Red Hot Ropers and TREP$.
Individuals, businesses and organizations can send contributions of any amount to Cooperstown PTA, c/o Cooperstown Elementary School, 21 Walnut Street, Cooperstown, NY. For more information about the event, to donate or volunteer, contact Chase at 267-1483 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.