MOOERS - The county fair may still be months away, but the Mooers Elementary Parent Teacher Partnership is all set to bring out the carnival games.
This Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, the PTP will have their second annual Spring Carnival at Mooers Elementary School, 16 School St.
"It went really well," said PTP president Brandi Lloyd of last year's event. "We were surprised, the turnout was really good, so we're hoping for that again this year."
"We try to have it right around the first or second Saturday of spring, just to kind of get out of the winter doldrums," she added. "Out of hibernation. Get out of your house and do some fun things."
Numerous kid-friendly games were held throughout the school last year, and Lloyd said this year new ones have been added "just to keep it fresh."
One of the new games is Plinko, based on the popular game on Price is Right.
"One of the parents made a Plinko board," Lloyd explained. "It's a homemade version. It has little pins that stick up ... and depending on what slot your washer or puck ends up in ... that's what prize value you get."
Prizes will be given away for the other games as well, including the Cake Walk, Lollipop Tree, free-throw basketball game, mini-golf putt, and hockey-puck shootout.
The Cake Walk, which Lloyd said was a big hit last year, is loosely based on Musical Chairs, however contestants all have a place to stand once the music stops.
"There is a place for everyone and the squares all have numbers," she explained. "Then we spin a little spinner and whatever number it falls on, the person gets an entire cake of their choice."
The cakes are being made by parents and teachers, and depending on how many cakes are received, will decide how many times the game will be played.
All games require tickets, which can be purchased at the carnival for $.25 a piece, or 5 for $1, with the money going towards PTP.
"It goes to different events that we do," Lloyd said. "It helps pay for refreshments and stuff for open house and for the Family Fall Festival."
Lloyd said the money also helped pay for a theatre troupe that visited the school earlier in the year as well as items for teachers.
Looking to the future, Lloyd is hoping the money can be used in a big way.
"I think eventually, if ... we get a big enough response, it's about time that the playground get some updates," she said. "That'd be great if we could do that."
Lloyd however, recognizes money may be tight for some families right now, who may not have the extra expense to come to the carnival.
"With the economy ... we thought about it and thought maybe we shouldn't be doing so many "fundraisers," she explained. "But this one you can budget for your family. Come with $20, come with $50, come with $10 ... You can cater it to what kind of money you have for entertaining."
"It's a fun day for your family," Lloyd added. "It can cost as much or as little as you want it to."