Carnival fun to be had at Mio AuSable


MIO –– Hosted by the Mio AuSable class of 2020, the second annual Family Fun Carnival Night will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, for local children to take part in themed games, competitions, food and music.

Event organizer Libby Marsh said the games are geared toward toddlers through fifth-grade students, and the event is not just intended for Mio students, but is open to anyone and everyone.

“The games we have are adjusted to the age when they come up to play,” she said. “Most games we try to make sure they win for the most part. We won’t be checking IDs at the door for their age. I know a lot of people last year were there for the yummy carnival food. My 2-year-old at the time was also there and had fun with most of the games.”

There is a $3 admission fee per person, which will assist in raising funds for the class of 2020 to help cover its class expenses through high school and graduation.

Marsh said last year was the first year and she considered it a great success.

“Our goal was for the kids to have a fun, cheap game night, and the kids running around seemed to be having a blast and parents and grandparents seemed to be enjoying themselves,” she said.

Last year’s event was so busy that Marsh changed the layout of the carnival this time to make more room and add more games and events to participate in.

“We are really excited to be adding a secret guest for the new pie-in-the-face game as well as Candy Bar Bingo,” she said.

For Candy Bar Bingo, she recommended that attendees bring full-size candy bars to get tickets for a bingo game for chances to win even more candy bars. They can also be purchased before the game begins at the event.

The event is scheduled to run from 5-8 p.m. at Mio AuSable in the multipurpose room and cafeteria. Tickets for the carnival can be purchased for 25 cents each or five for $1 for Minute to Win It games. There will also be kids’ dance music competitions, balloon animals and full concessions with snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy and drinks.

Marsh said she enjoys organizing the event and seeing the different ages of kids participating with each other during the carnival.

“It was fun last year getting to see the high school students interact with the younger kids,” Marsh said. “I think the younger kids enjoy that interaction, and to be honest I am sure the high school students enjoy that chance also. At carnivals, everyone gets to be a kid again.”


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