Now that Donna Hastings has eight years of experience running the annual carnival for Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, it is unlikely that Principal Maureen Harten is going to let her off the hook.
I have only been here for four years, and I cannot take any of the credit, it all goes to Donna, Harten said.
Hastings presides over the four-day event, which began on Thursday night. For the remainder of the weekend, the carnival will be open Saturday from 1 to 11 pm and Sunday from 1 to 6 pm. Admission is free for the event, which is held on the grounds of the school, located on White Plains Road in Tuckahoe.
The carnival boasts the usual fare, including among other rides a ferris wheel and a dragon ride There is lots of good food, along with zeppoles, sausage and pepper wedges and, of course, cotton candy.
Hastings has 40 volunteers per day for each of the four days who take turn manning nine game booths. Kids of all shapes and sizes can be seen carting around the usual stuffed animals, even the really big ones.
This is a family event ran by the families and staff of the school, Hastings said.
Last year the event netted about $35,000, with most of that money going toward funding a new gym.
Hastings said every year has been profitable, with a lot of community participation and fun. But she also remembers the year of the hurricane.
The wind started blowing, tree branches were flying around, she said. I had to get all of the kids off the field and into the school."
Even though Hastings' youngest child, Jackie, is graduating from ICS this year, she said she will still run the carnival for the school where she recently took a job working in the cafeteria.
Now I work here, so I guess I will just continue putting it together, she said.
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