Each year, Roosevelt Grade School held a Carnival for all grade levels. Events would be held inside and on the playground.…. Inside the school, each class room held some fun activity and you would have to buy tickets for each event.…
o Cake Walk….In the cake walk room on one side of the room was a table filled with cakes…..in the center were squares with numbers on them in a circle….each participant would stand on a square…. then music would start playing and we would walk a around in the circle that was laid out, and when the music would stop, a winner would be selected….if you stopped on a number that match the drawn number from the basket, you would win a cake….it was fun to play, but I was never lucky. I always had high hopes of winning a cake.
o Jail.....In the middle of auditorium, was a pen like structure made out chicken wire…..It was fun, because you could have your friends put in jail, just for a price of a ticket. Their sentence was only for about five minutes…..After I put my friends in, I went and hid awhile, because I knew they would want to pay me back. There was entertainment on the little stage in the auditorium and there were some more fun activities throughout the building, too.
o Grab Bag Room….There was an enclosed big box like structure and you were given a butterfly like net and you would try to fish something out of the grab bag. One time I fished out these pottery statues….(that looked like foreign children, from another time), as a kid, I didn’t like my prize so much, but now, I wish that I still had them.….
o Outside Activities….Moving outside you could ride a horse around the softball field, or go on a hayride…..there were throwing contests. The parents helped the teachers set up the carnival. Mom would always make her yummy chocolate cupcakes that were place on long tables with all the other deserts, place along the wall of the brick addition to the school. I made sure that I knew where Mom’s cupcakes were. She also, made bake beans and potato salad for us to eat with the hotdogs I would roast. A little ways out in the field, men would build fire TP shape fire pits….they were big. I had never seen anything like them, before we moved to Newton, nor since. Just when it was beginning to get dark, we would put hot dogs on long sticks and put them over the fire to roast….then go pick some food off the long tables and chow down with our family. Even though we had eaten a whole bunch…. there was always room for the gooey marshmallow-chocolate Hersey-gram cracker treat. I’d made sure to grab the right long stick for the 3 or 4 marshmallows that I could push on the long stick….then place my stick over the fire. The marshmallows weren’t done, until they were lit with fire and then I would blow the fire out. For me they weren’t S’mores, unless the marshmallows had ash on them….Then after all the evening of fun, all us kids settled down on the east side of the school to watch cartoons….Woody the Wood Pecker; The Road runner; Popeye the Sailor Man and more..….Mom’s cupcakes….I wonder how many cupcakes she made for school events….
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