Peanut Carnival one of city’s longstanding events

12 years ago

Peanut Carnival

one of city’s longstanding events


by Bradley G. Boyles

    April School Vacation week is a sign of spring, warm weather and of course a few well deserved days off for our youth and their teachers. However, in our area, April School Vacation also brings the Presque Isle Recreation & Park’s annual Peanut Carnival.

    The annual Peanut Carnival is one of our most popular and long standing events. For those that are unfamiliar with our Peanut Carnival or maybe haven’t attended in a few years, let me give you a run down on what it is all about.

    First of all, to clarify, no peanuts are harmed or actually even used for this event. With the seemingly growing number of kids with nut allergies, we have moved away from the nuts, but we kept the name the same.

    The Peanut Carnival is geared toward kids in grades kindergarten to sixth grade. As they enter, for only $1, each child is provided with a cup of green and gold coins and one ticket. The coins are used to play the many games and activities that are offered, giving you opportunities to win many more coins. Then at the end of the day, you can trade in your winning for a grab bag of toys and prizes. And don’t lose that ticket, as it not only gets you in, but it also enters you into a raffle to win a bicycle drawn at the end of the event.

    This year we’ll also have candy and balloons and for a buck or two you can enjoy some popcorn and cotton candy as well. We’ll have a number of brand new games to play this year and we hope to have a special visit from Fizz-Ed, the clown. Combined with the many other classic activities and games like ring toss, plinko and face painting, everyone is sure to have a great time.

    Held at the William V. Haskell Community Center, this year’s Peanut Carnival will be held tomorrow — Thursday, April 19th — from 1:30-3 p.m. Come on by and enjoy an afternoon of wacky fun and excitement with your friends at the rec. Hope to see you there!

    Bradlee G. Boyles is the recreation programmer with the city of Presque Isle’s Recreation and Parks Department. He can be reached at 764-2545 or via e-mail at