True home­town spirit alive at Fleetwood Com­mu­nity Car­ni­val

Chris Young: ‘Mak­ing money for the non­prof­its is im­por­tant, but this com­mu­nity car­ni­val is so much more than that.’

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

The Fleetwood Com­mu­nity Car­ni­val of­fered fun for all ages Tues­day to Satur­day, July 19 to 23, at the Fleetwood Com­mu­nity Park. The car­ni­val in­cluded rides, food, Mid­way and en­ter­tain­ment.

“Based upon gross re­ceipts it was the best car­ni­val ever,” said Chris Young, co-chair of the Car­ni­val. Tim O’Neil is chair­man of the event. Doreen O’Neil is the trea­surer. “The heat played a fac­tor in at­ten­dance to­ward the end of the week, but peo­ple still came out to sup­port it.”

The car­ni­val was spon­sored by Fleetwood Coun­cil of Civic Or­ga­ni­za­tions, Lions and Ro­tary Clubs. The Fleetwood Fire Com­pany and Break­fast Broth­ers are heav­ily in­volved and are bene­fac­tors of the pro­ceeds. Fire­works were spon­sored in part by Weaver’s Hard­ware.

The car­ni­val ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity. Young ex­plained that the Ro­tary Club, Lions Club, and FCCO each re­ceive 30 per­cent of the prof­its that they in turn use to help the com­mu­nity at large. The FCCO’s money is geared pri­mar­ily at fund­ing the next Fleetwood An­niver­sary party, he said.

“The car­ni­val was open to all non-prof­its in the area to have a fundraiser or dis­play and this year we had the most groups par­tic­i­pate. Re­lay for Life, Fleetwood Li­brary, Fleetwood His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Fleetwood Recre­ation Board, school or­ga­ni­za­tions, boy scouts, and Fleetwood Neigh­bor­hood Watch, are just a few ex­am­ples of who was there,” said Young.

Pick-a-pop fundraiser for Fleetwood Food Pantry was run by Erin O’Neil, daugh­ter of chair­man Tim O’Neil, and was run en­tirely by youth, he said.

Signs de­pict­ing a blue rib­bon were dis­played through­out the park to show Fleetwood Neigh­bor­hood Watch’s sup­port for law en­force­ment ev­ery­where.

“We ask that you join us in show­ing your re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion not only due to re­cent tragedies through­out the U.S. but each and ev­ery day,” was posted on the signs.

The Ma­jes­tics per­formed coun­try from the 50s to the 90s on Tues­day. Jeff Krick per­formed Oldies and an Elvis Con­cert Trib­ute on Wed­nes­day. On Thurs­day, The Grease Band en­ter­tained car­ni­val pa­trons. On Fri­day, Dou­glassville na­tive Stephanie Grace per­formed cur­rent and tra­di­tional coun­try. Also on Fri­day, the Blood Bank was on lo­ca­tion and the evening con­cluded with fire­works. Satur­day was the Rub­ber Duck Re­gatta and a con­cert by the Flamin Dick and the Hot Rods.

Young’s fa­vorite part about the car­ni­val?

“I put the fol­low­ing on Fleetwood Fire Com­pany’s Face­book page, and sum­ma­rizes my feel­ings: See­ing neigh­bors, talk­ing to neigh­bors, kids laugh­ing and hav­ing fun out­doors, po­lice of­fi­cers ca­su­ally talk­ing to the public, and hun­dreds of vol­un­teers out in force to staff the car­ni­val... well that is what this car­ni­val is about. Mak­ing money for the non-prof­its is im­por­tant, but this com­mu­nity car­ni­val is so much more than that. It was great to see a true home­town spirit alive and well, de­spite what we may see and hear on the news.”

“I was there each night, and the state­ment above was re­flected each night,”

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS - CHRIS YOUNG

The Fleetwood Com­mu­nity Car­ni­val of­fered fun for all ages Tues­day to Satur­day, July 19 to 23, at the Fleetwood Com­mu­nity Park. The car­ni­val in­cluded rides, food, Mid­way and en­ter­tain­ment.

Amy Bee­tel from Sink­ing Spring with daugh­ters Made­lynn and Sarah show­ing their win­nings at the Fleetwood Com­mu­nity Car­ni­val.

Rides opened daily at 6 p.m. at the Fleetwood Com­mu­nity Car­ni­val.

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