Prescott Elementary hosts Fall Carnival

See how this fair helps the school’s programs, while it entertains the Parkrose neighborhood …

There’s fun galore at their entertaining Fall Carnival, held at Prescott Elementary School in outer East Portland.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Fall is a time when many people think about gathering together. And, getting the community together for a Fall Carnival at Prescott Elementary School in the Parkrose neighborhood, on October 6, was the goal of its organizers from the Prescott Family Community Organization (PFCA).

While they’ve had similar fairs in the past, this year’s carnival featured commercial food trucks – at this proved to be so popular that at least one of them “sold out” before the fair concluded.

Volunteers Leah Maurer and Annette Stanhope flank this Fall Carnival’s organizer, Carley Shaut.

“Our Fall Carnival is an annual event, at which we do have really fun activities for the families in our community,” remarked PFCA Secretary Carley Shaut. “We have many different activities including carnival games, face painting, a concert by the Parkrose High School Marching Band, the band playing, bounce houses and even a train ride!

“And, new this year we have a petting zoo; it looks like it’s going very well, and everyone is having fun,” Shaut told East Portland News.

Popular family entertainers Olive and Dingo paint faces, and squeak together balloon sculptures.

Tanner pets the miniature horse while his dad, Dan Saunders, looks on.

“It’s important to have events like this, because it’s a time to celebrate with the community,” observed Shaut. “Families get out, be around each other, and meet new people.

“In addition to helping fund the efforts of our PFCA,” Shaut pointed out, “This is a good way for our parents to meet their neighbors, while having fun.”

Mom Dorothy Spence encourages her doughier Isabelle to “fish” for a prize.

PFCA volunteer, and “Kidville Express No. 2” engineer Lonny Gandara, prepares to take more families for a ride.

Youngsters laughed and ran from booth to booth, and from activity to activity, at the carnival; and parents smiled to see their kids having a great time at a fun, community-building event.

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