Back to school carnival Friday

Beth Sergent

August 15, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — Though the fair may be over, the carnival season has another big event on the horizon.

The Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will host its annual Back to School Street Carnival from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16 just outside the church.

The church’s street carnival has been a fixture for more than a decade and is a free event for local children and their families. There will be free food, including hot dogs, drinks and cookies and door prizes for children.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a carnival without games except unlike traditional carnivals where you have to pay to play, these games are free. Despite the games being free, kids can win very real prizes, the majority of which are school supplies.

Pam Heib, of the church, said kids can go from game station to game station collecting play money which they can then turn in to purchase whatever school supplies they need. Heib said the church’s service committee fund helps purchase everything from crayons to notebooks to folders. By offering up school supplies, this carnival helps serve a need in the community and is one of the church’s outreach programs.

In addition to the free food, games and prizes, those who attend the carnival will receive a gift bag with some goodies, including a coloring book and information about the church’s youth fellowship program.

In the past, the carnival has attracted a couple hundred people, making Eighth St. a very busy place. A portion of Eighth St. along the side of the church will once again be closed to allow room for the carnival.