Tamarack Carnival to celebrate 50th year |
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Tamarack Elementary School is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special celebration of its annual carnival – a tradition in the community for three generations.
The school opened at 1733 Tamarack Road in 1963, and from the very first year, has partnered with Casey’s Rides to offer children and their families rides, games, food and fun. The first-ever carnival was April 16, 1963, and the school’s profit was $46.60. Fifty years later, the school anticipates raising between $8,000 and $10,000 from the rides, as well as proceeds from the chili supper, games and activities, and T-shirt sales.
The proceeds from this year’s event will be used to directly impact students in the classroom with SMART Board purchases, Accelerated Reader Incentives, and art and classroom supplies.
This year’s event is May 3-5 and will feature rides, games, cake walk, fish pond, ring toss, book sale and a dunking booth, among other activities. Members of the Apollo High School volleyball team will sell barbecue chickens. Rides, chili supper, concessions and games begin at 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, with rides and games open until 10 p.m. Bargain bracelets are available for $15 each, allowing the wearer to ride as many rides as s/he wishes. The carnival resumes with rides and concessions for two sessions on Saturday – from noon to 5 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. – with bargain bracelets available for rides during each session.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, all current and former Tamarack students, families and staff members are invited to a special open house and carnival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Cake will be served at 1 p.m., and those attending may enjoy tours of Tamarack – Daviess County’s oldest elementary school building – to see how much things have changed over the years.
The day will also feature special ride prices of only 25 cents each.
“We look forward to the Tamarack Carnival every year as an opportunity to welcome back those who have enjoyed this event as part of their family tradition,” said TES Principal Allison Coomes. “We are so excited about this year’s ‘homecoming’ event as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our school and the carnival.”