Fans of midways and games of chance, start your engines. The Moose Lodge Charity Carnival is coming to town again, sponsored by the first Moose Lodge in Alaska.
Games include timeless favorites such as bowling, Hunkle Buck, Ring the Bottle, Bank Shot, Spin to Win, Hoop Shoot, Dart Balloon, Clown Mouth, Shuffleboard, Milk Cans, and Bottle Bash.
The carnival will be held this coming weekend under the big tent at Dimond Park on Riverside Drive, where Gold Rush Days is held. The carnival is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
"The Gold Rush Commission has been so good, leaving that tent up for us to use," said Rick Jacobsen, charity carnival chairman.
"We started the charity carnival in July 1997 at the suggestion of one of our members. We are now in our fifth year. In the first four years, we have raised over $75,000," Jacobsen said.
Pam Van Kirk and C.C. Brown select between 20 and 25 charities to participate each year. Each charity has a booth and an activity. Tickets are bought at the door and spent at the booths. When the carnival is concluded, the tickets are converted to dollars and a check is sent to each charity for 100 percent of all that was collected.
The $4,000 cost of putting on the carnival is borne by local businesses, which also donate prizes. "We have local businesses that give and give. They also help to pay for advertising, signs and radio spots, even though the Empire is very generous," Jacobsen said.
Contributors include Delta Western, Princess Tours, Secon, Doak's Lock & Key, Shattuck & Grummett, State Farm, Super Bear, Valley Lumber, Alaska Auto Towing, BP Exploration and the Breeze Inn.
Attractions returning this year will include the Caterpillar (a beast with a long body suitable for crawling and sliding), operated by the Southeast Alaska Food Bank; and the Lion Walk, operated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Other booths will be run for the benefit of the American Legion Auke Bay Post/Unit 25, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Catholic Community Service, Eastern Star, the Juneau Pioneers' Home, Eagles' Auxiliary 4200, the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, Helping Hands (a nonprofit organization that collects food from stores), Juneau Special Olympics, Juneau Crime Line, Meals on Wheels, Southeast Alaska Independent Living and the Glory Hole.
Even toddlers have opportunities to enjoy themselves at the carnival, said Chuck Roberson, advertising chairman for the event. "We have stuff for little kids like the Duck Pond and the Fish Pond, where they always get a prize," he said.
Food will be served during the carnival.
For details, call Jacobsen at 789-0946.
Ann Chandonnet can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.