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Donors, visitors buoy annual carnival

By Staff | Feb 3, 2017

Allison Selensky and Jaclyn Duchscher – challenge each other at the Hoop Shoot!

Little Flower Catholic School kicked off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 29 with its annual carnival.

Approximately 200 people attended this year’s carnival, according to Erin Schaan, co-chair of the carnival committee. “It might not be the largest fundraiser that Little Flower does, but it’s a fun event to co-chair,” Schaan said.

This year, the committee was able to have about 20 carnival games and activities, which is more than in previous years. Games included a football throw, hockey, crazy driver, pop ring toss, frog hop, bingo, cakewalk and more.

Attendees of the carnival were able to purchase game tickets for 25 cents per ticket. Game prices ranged from one to three tickets, with some of the larger games priced at four tickets per person.

Each player received a punch card to fill up and redeem prizes. At each game, cards would be punched. The prize table had prizes that could be redeemed anywhere from one punch to sixty punches. Children could choose between larger prizes or filling up a bag of smaller prizes.

“Little Flower is really grateful and appreciative to the businesses who donated to this event, whether they donated the games and prizes or gave a monetary donation. They are the reason the carnival is a successful event each year,” Schaan said.

A huge highlight of the carnival was a visit from Bishop John Folda of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo. Folda spent time taking photos and talking with students, as well as participating in some of the carnival activities, such as the “jail” station. “It was pretty cool, and the kids really enjoyed his visit,” Schaan said.

Little Flower received all proceeds made from concessions, ticket sales and outside donations.

In addition to 10 Little Flower Catholic School family committee members that make the carnival possible, there are also volunteers consisting of Little Flower school and parish families, youth groups and many other community members.

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