By Sara Tischauser
Four hundred and twenty people were in attendance for the 18th Annual Winterfest Carnival that was held on Feb. 23.
The Winterfest Carnival is the biggest fundraiser for the Community Family Resource Centers (CFRC), Inc. of Seymour and Black Creek.
Jim Asher, CFRC executive director, said they try to have one cornerstone event for the carnival. This year the event was going to have Zoozort which has a variety of animals for attendees to see. However, because of the inclement weather Asher said Zoozort was unable to come to the event. Even without this main event, Asher said they still had a large crowd that came out for the event.
“I’m actually very pleasantly surprised with weather and main event cancelled to get people here,” said Jessica Storzer, CFRC board president.
Storzer said this year the community and local business really supported the event and many donated items for the basket raffles.
“We are really excited to see such a great turnout,” said Katie Katch, CFRC board vice president. “We really appreciate the support of our community and businesses. By far this is one of best raffles we’ve had.”
In addition to the basket raffles, Storzer said they also had a book walk. She said books were donated and then children could pay a dollar to participate in the book walk and at the end of that children were able to pick out a book to take home. Then all children were invited to pick out a book to take home.
Asher said this carnival every year helps provide money for the CFRC to have events and activities throughout the year. He said they do get some funding from United Way, but this money is used to pay the salaries of CFRC’s employees.
The money raised from the Winterfest Carnival is used to fund events held throughout the year. Asher said the mission of CFRC is to build strong families and CFRC tries to promote this through various events.
“We plan family friendly events,” Asher said. “Events allow families to come together and be together.”
Katch said the Winterfest Carnival is a fun, inexpensive event that families can get together and participate in. She said CFRC holds many events throughout the year that can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CFRC-Seymour Black-Creek-114497598567992/.
The Winterfest Carnival is an event for the entire family and Asher said he hopes people continue to come in future years.
“It’s really fun,” Asher said about the Winterfest Carnival. “If you couldn’t make it this year you should mark on your calendar for next year. It’s always around the same time in February.”
Asher said this year CFRC had $8550 in sponsorship for the Winterfest Carnival and the event made $3485.