Carnival theme easy to read

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2005

On Saturday, area families can get their "read on" and shake off the winter blues at the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival at Soldotna Middle School.

The four-hour event was dreamed up by the Kenai Peninsula Reading Council as a way to kick off Love of Reading Month, promote literacy and give nonprofit groups a way to earn money for educational activities.

The event will feature games, booths, face painting, cake walks, live performances, puppet making, book bingo, food vendors and door prizes. There also will be some business vendors.

Virginia Morgan, carnival chair, said in the past it has been a great way for families to get out of the house and spend an afternoon together.

While most of the activities are geared for children ages preschool to eighth grade, Morgan said she was confident that all family members would find something to entertain and enlighten them.

"The food vendors and live performances will take place in the small gym. It will be set up with tables for families to sit down, take a break and enjoy time together," Morgan said. "The large gym will house the booths, crafts, activities, a book fair and Fun Jump Dinosaur."

Morgan said the event has grown a little larger each year with about 1,300 people in attendance.

"Sponsorship for the event also has expanded," she sad.

This year ConocoPhillips, Soldotna Community Schools, the city of Soldotna, Agrium and Home Depot came aboard, she said.

There is no admission fee for the carnival, however, some booth vendors might charge for their activities. Morgan said a cap of 50 cents has been placed on games, though businesses, food vendors and the Book Fair will have separate pricing.

"This is about kids and families," she said." Every kid will leave with at least one book. That's the point, promoting literacy in a fun way."

Proceeds collected from the vendors will go to support the KPRC literacy programs. Individual nonprofit groups fees will go to support class trips and other educational activities.

The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school. Children must have adult supervision.

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