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Big, big changes planned for Pequot Lakes community carnival

The Pequot Lakes PTA is already hard at work with big changes planned for the annual community carnival, which is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Pequot Lakes High/Middle School.

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The carnival is an annual fundraising event, held for the past several years at Eagle View Elementary School. It is a huge draw for kids and their parents, with bouncy houses, dinner, Book Walk, raffle baskets, carnival games and more. PineAndLakes.com file photo by Nancy Vogt.

The Pequot Lakes PTA is already hard at work with big changes planned for the annual community carnival, which is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Pequot Lakes High/Middle School.

The carnival is an annual fundraising event, held for the past several years at Eagle View Elementary School. It is a huge draw for kids and their parents, with bouncy houses, dinner, Book Walk, raffle baskets, carnival games and more.

As the carnival has evolved, attendance has steadily increased, drawing over 1,300 kids and their parents last year. This has created a great problem to have - an event too big for the space.

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The PTA decided to change the venue to Pequot Lakes High/Middle School, change the day of the event to Saturday, increase the age range to preschool through eighth grade, and invite the whole community.

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Rather than scaling back, the PTA decided to change the venue to Pequot Lakes High/Middle School, change the day of the event to Saturday, increase the age range to preschool through eighth grade, and invite the whole community. In addition to closer, plentiful and more accessible parking, the location change will emphasize the shift in focus to a broader community event, while highlighting PTA support for programs at both the elementary and middle schools.

Every year the carnival has a fun and engaging theme. Themes from the past have included "Wild Wild West," "Under the Sea" and last year's theme, "Out of This World," complete with a life-like rocket. In keeping with the PTA's focus for this year, Building A Strong Community, the 2016 carnival theme is "Construction."

Construction is a critical part of the lakes area economy, and this theme allows the PTA to fundraise for critical programs while using fun and games to showcase the broad range of opportunities available to future graduates in construction-related fields. Local companies related to the construction industry are invited to create and/or staff a game, while giving the community a taste of what is fun and cool about what you do and how you do it.

Activities of interest to children from preschool to eighth grade are being planned, with several games for adults. There will even be a few where parents and children can compete against each other or as a team. Games currently under consideration include Life Size Jenga, Pizza Box Towers and Tunnels, Hammerschlagen (in both adult and kid versions), Build a Bird/Duck House, Big Machines display, Water Sciences, Minute to Win It, Bridge Building and many more.

In addition to the popular inflatables, the PTA will showcase sports games and demonstrations from ice skating to basketball to tae kwon do. Both kids and parents will be invited to participate in "mini-lessons" and to witness the skills of community members.

Proceeds from the event will primarily benefit an expanded, relocated playground for Eagle View Elementary School and a specific project for the middle school.

Supporting and attending the community carnival will allow the PTA to continue its support for vital programs that can only be funded through community support.

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The PTA is actively seeking sponsors, partners and participants at all levels to make this a true community event. If you are in a construction-related business, watch for sponsorship packets to arrive in your mail or inbox in the next two weeks, and let the PTA know how you would like to become involved.

Also, any business or organization that would like to participate is encouraged to contact carnival chair Laura Leckband at lleckband@builtwerks.com or 218-838-8883.

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