Candy, costumes, community

ERHS hosts annual fall carnival


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Four-year-old Pierce McCoy receives some candy during Eagle River High’s fall carnival Friday, Oct. 19.

MIKE NESPER

Zombies, princesses, superheroes and professional athletes packed Eagle River High for the annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 19.

A large crowd of toddlers to adults participated in games, chowed down on sweets and — only the bravest — entered the haunted house.

The throng of early Halloweeners was larger than last year’s turnout, said Haley Carr, who’s in student government.

“It’s pretty booming,” she said. “A lot of participation, which is always good.”

The student-government run event raises money for all of Eagle River’s clubs. Booths selling everything from cotton candy to baked potatoes were sponsored by various ERHS organizations. A silent auction was also held.

“All of the money goes into the school,” Carr said.

In the gym, more physically demanding activities were available. Carnivalgoers could test their strength via Sumo wrestling, show off their passing accuracy in a football challenge and youngsters could burn off some sugar in the inflatable bouncy house.

It doesn’t get any better for Carr than watching kids battle in oversized Sumo suits.

“Those are always fun,” she said. “Kids love them.”

The carnival wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses, said student government advisor Tom Klaameyer.

Though they had the day off from class, students arrived at school five hours early to set up the carnival, Carr said, and a cleanup crew was tasked with staying late that night.

“It’s been a very long ordeal,” she said. “We worked really hard to set this up.”

About a month of preplanning went into the event, Carr said.

“We go straight from homecoming planning … into carnival,” she said.

But all the hard work is worth it, Carr said.

“It’s really great because you get to see everybody come together,” she said.

On the heels of the first quarter’s end, the fall carnival couldn’t have come at a better time, Carr said.

“It’s just a nice break,” she said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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