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Family Carnival ‘Busy’ and ‘Popular’

While juggling three balls on stilts Friday during the Family Carnival in Central Park, Warsaw, Amber Ballard, with Big Bounce Fun House Rentals, poses for a photo with Raelynn Goodman, Moxie and Magnolia Stage and Kaylee-Ann Goodman. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
The Family Carnival at Central Park in Warsaw Friday evening had a big turnout.

Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Director Stephanie Schaefer said, “It’s really busy. We probably have a 10- or 15-minute wait at each of our games, which is very exciting. Very popular.”

She said some of the different events that seemed to be very popular were the dunk tank, the hamster wheel and the stilt walker had a crowd around her at different times throughout the three-hour event. The stilt walker was Amber Ballard, from Cincinnati, with Big Bounce Fun House Rentals.

“Bounce houses are always a big hit,” Schaefer said.

Other activities included a giant Connect 4 with basketballs, velcro “axe” throwing, face painting, balloon animals, performances by Debra Collier’s School of Dance, caricatures, trikes, ping pong ball toss and snack vendors.

Tickets could be used for a raffle, with prizes including a family outdoor fun pack, a teenagers package, a Play-Doh package, a television and two bicycles. The prizes came out of Schaefer’s budget funded by previous Family Carnivals and other similar events.

The Family Carnival had more activities than in years past thanks to the volunteers.

“We also have volunteers this year from Zimmer Biomet, from VIA Credit Union. It makes it possible to have all of these extra games here,” Schaefer said. “Volunteers are a big help and we appreciate them.”