Face painter Hattie Deyo (left) holds up a mirror so that Kait-Lynn Duffy

Face painter Hattie Deyo (left) holds up a mirror so that Kait-Lynn Duffy

Marie Sharpe spring carnival popular

There was lots of excitement as students from around the community joined at the Marie Sharpe Elementary School’s Spring Fling Carnival.

There was lots of excitement as students and families from around the community joined the fun at the Marie Sharpe Elementary School’s Spring Fling Carnival Thursday afternoon and evening.

The school was packed with families and children lined up to play the many games on offer. Games were 50 cents a try with every game producing a prize for the player.

One of the interesting games was trying to match the pictures of 10 adult staff members with their baby pictures.

Missy Phung matched the largest number of pictures to win the bike that was the prize for that game, says principal Calvin Dubray.

Face painting, basket raffles, a big bouncy house and games such as balloon pop using little darts, spinning wheel, plunger race on little sliders using plungers for propulsion, hockey shoot, pick your nose for a prize on the other side of the giant face,  duck pond, cake walks, and more were eagerly welcomed by happy children and their families.

Students participated in helping staff to decorate the school and even bake cakes for the cake walk.

Popcorn, cotton candy, and juice were also part of the carnival food offerings.

Dubray bravely put his face forward while students used some of their game tickets to throw more than 45 cream cakes at him.

“What a great sport,” said Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, who was there to officiate the live auction that wrapped up the evening.

“The staff, students and parents are all amazing,” Barnett said. “This is what community and school is all about.”

Dubray also expressed his thanks to Barnett, who he said is a great supporter of Marie Sharpe Elementary School and the community in general.

Auction items included a weekend for two at Ten-ee-ah Lodge, a bench made by the Timber Kings at Pioneer Log Homes B.C., and autographed BC Lions apparel.

Dubray said that raffle and auction items valued at more than $6,500 were donated for the event and the funds raised for school activities far exceeded their expectations.

“There was an overwhelming response from our business community who helped to make this event possible and who continue to support many organizations time and time again,” said Dubray. “Please shop local and support our businesses who support us.”