By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
TURBOTVILLE — The annual Turbotville Carnival is officially back on the schedule, with a new name and new organizers.
The Turbotville Area Community Carnival Committee announced Friday that the 2014 event, renamed the Turbotville Area Community Carnival, will take place June 2 to 7.
Following the 2013 carnival in June, the Warrior Run Fire Department decided to end the carnival, which began in the 1930s, due to a lack of manpower. Organizers said it takes at least 30 volunteers to run the carnival, which was typically held during the first week in June.
Volunteers would be tasked with running the Turbotville carnival, then moving all the equipment and stands to Watsontown for the carnival there, said Jay Yoder, an assistant chief with the Warrior Run Area Fire Department, at the time.
That same month, concerned community members formed the Carnival Committee and began planning to continue the carnival, which many hailed as a community tradition.
“It’s a place to gather and to meet people you haven’t seen in several years,” said committee vice-chairman Tammy Wolfe. “It is a friendship place.”
The carnival will include traditional deep-fried carnival food, rides, live entertainment and several parades, including the traditional pet parade and a community parade, according to organizers.
“The bands are booked and ready to go,” Wolfe said.
Participants and sponsors include the Turbotville Area Lion’s and Lioness Clubs, Turbotville Community Hall Corporation, Turbotville Borough Heritage Society, local churches including Zion Lutheran, Holy Spirit and Trinity UCC, as well as many local businesses, Wolfe said. It wasn’t a big surprise that so many people stepped forward because so many groups expressed disappointment when the carnival was initially cancelled.
“I had a feeling there would be a big turnout,” she said.
The carnival committee is still looking for volunteers and donations, interested individuals can contact Christina Mensch at 570-649-5536 or Wolfe at 570-649-5826.
The next scheduled meeting of the carnival committee is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Turbotville Community Hall, Church Street, Turbotville.
Wolfe said she’s excited to see the reintroduced carnival come.
“I’m anxious for June to get here,” she said.