Up­per Gwynedd Town­ship hosts an­nual carnival

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Amanda Pic­cir­illi apic­cir­illi@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

ords were com­ing out of Zara Clark-Schecter’s mouth a mile a minute and her pitch that ex­uded ex­cite­ment was un­de­ni­able. The 5-year-old from North Wales was be­yond ex­cited to be at the Up­per Gwynedd Carnival Satur­day af­ter­noon. “That ride was so much fun, it was so fast and I was so scared,” said Zara, while hug­ging her mom.

Zara and her two friends, twins Jessie and Alex Staas, 6, of Har­leysville, were spend­ing a girls’ day to­gether with their moms.

From Sept. 20 to 23, Up­per Gwynedd Town­ship’s com­plex was a chil­dren’s oa­sis as the town­ship’s an­nual carnival was back in town. More than 20 rides were spread out over sev­eral acres of land.

For Bobby Natali, 7, of Lans­dale, the carnival was all about rides that go fast and high.

“[On the gi­ant pi­rate ship] it was so cool to feel my­self come out of the seat. I re­ally like feel­ing that on the rides,” he said.

Natali’s friend, Ai­den Stein­bach, 7, of Lans­dale, could not quite put into words how the carnival made him feel.

“I just get this feel­ing, I can’t de­scribe it … it just … it just makes me feel good,” Ai­den said.

Af­ter hit­ting the rides, there were plenty of op­tions for food, in­clud­ing Big Poppa’s Back­yard BBQ, and sev­eral choices by Chip Pan­ico, who owns AAA Cater­ing.

Of course, there were kid fa­vorites such as cot­ton candy, candy ap­ples, french fries, snow cones and fun­nel cake.

“Com­ing here is nice be­cause it gets the kids out of the house and keeps them oc­cu­pied,” said Don­nette Staas, mother of the Staas twins. “Plus, it tires them out which is al­ways a good thing.”

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