By Emily Money
The Lakes Area Rotary Club will host the First Annual Rotary Club Carnival May 16-19 next to the Commerce Library and near Walmart. Admission is free and this event is open to everyone.
The gates are set to open at 4:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, and at 12:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. It will end at 11:00 pm Thursday-Saturday, and 8:00 pm on Sunday.
Elliot’s Amusements will be providing the midway for this event. Over 20 rides will be available, as well as a petting zoo, a reptile house, pony rides, a talent showcase, and a food drive for Hospitality House. Raffles will also take place throughout the event.
Central’s Interact Club will have a booth to raise money at the carnival. “Interact is sponsored by Rotary,” said senior Sydney Zelenak, Interact president. “We have a “Rotarian” that comes to watch over our meetings, and they give scholarships and help us.”
At the Thursday, May 16 opening, the Walled Lake Western Jazz Band will perform, the US Army will present the Colors for the Opening Ceremony, and Senator Mike Kowell will open the event. Mike Dempsy & Friends will be performing as well.
Friday, May 17 will feature Tavistock and Toppermost.
Saturday, May 18 is a day full of activities. Home Depot will be holding a Kids Workshop, and Tasha Cyporyn and the BackSeat Remedies Band will perform. The American All Star Academy will have an exhibition to show their skills, and Lookin’ Back and 2XL will perform.
Sunday, May 19 will be the last day of this carnival. There will be a mystery guest entertainer, and exhibitions by Twirl M’s Talented Twirlers and another by the American Allstar Academy. The Novi Brass Band and Mr. Moody will also perform.
The Rotary Club will be donating the proceeds from this event to scholarships, tuition, and mentoring to students, as well as several youth initiatives. “Our projects respond to health, hunger, education, and environmental needs while working together to promote world peace. We are an organization of service minded business and professional leaders open to every race, culture and creed who work together to change lives,” said Lorrie McVey, a member of the Rotary Club.
Wristbands for a day of rides can be purchased at https://www.buymycarnivaltickets.com/event.asp or at the carnival itself. The Rotary Carnival is sure to be a weekend full of fun.