The countdown is on for the second annual Windermere carnival.
Last year’s inaugural event was a stellar success, reports Bridget Atterbury, event coordinator.
“It was really well received. It was lots of fun, and there was lots of different options for kids to do,” says Ms. Atterbury.
While the Columbia Valley has many great events throughout the year, this is the only carnival offered, making it a hit with families across the area. Organizers assure this event will be good for the whole family, with fun, food, and a festive atmosphere for all.
“It’s a community event for all families in the Valley to enjoy,” says Ms. Atterbury. “It’s great to see families come together for a fun day, showing how strong our Valley community is.”
The event will include much of the same features this year, with some additions too. Carnival-goers will find obstacle courses, bouncy houses, inflatable games, a reptile exhibit, cake walk, and more. There will also be free games on the grounds. Black Star Studio is offering a reduced-rate art activity on-site that day.
Adding to the festive atmosphere, local bands will perform throughout the day. There will also be multiple food vendors serving mouthwatering pulled pork, pizza, baked goods and more, plus coffee and hot chocolate.
The event is put on by the Windermere Elementary School Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Funds raised from primarily this one event last year went to programming such as an intensive music program and zumba; special guests like a science van and aqua van, and materials for in school including backpacks fitted with essentials and extras for class outings, a special projector, and new carpets with sit spots.
Carnival organizers are looking for gently used, good condition stuffed animal donations, which can be dropped off at Windermere Elementary School. They are also looking for more volunteers, especially for setup and takedown. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bridget Atterbury at 250-409-9209. And if you bake a cake for the cake walk, you’ll be rewarded with three game tickets.
Entrance is $5 per adult, $4 per child, children 4 and under are free. Carnival tickets are $1 each or 25 for $20. The carnival takes place Sunday, September 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.