By Lesley Graham
On Saturday, the seventh annual Spring Carnival hosted by the Ocean City Parent Teacher Association brought together students, teachers and parents alike for an afternoon of fun for all ages.
The purchase of tickets to play games and win prizes went to the OCPTA, which is looking to raise funds for a new playground for the preschool program at the primary school.
The OCPTA provided carnival games, a laser tag maze and interactive activities for the community to fundraise for the Ocean City school district.
Ocean City students volunteered their time to man the booths and provide fun and laughs for all involved.
Members of the Ocean City Police and Fire departments had activities for kids to test out their power and accuracy with a fastest pitch competition and to put out a make-believe burning fire with a bean bag toss.
The OCPD radar guns got a break from catching speeding cars and instead were used to clock throws from kids and adults alike. Matt Schaffer, a member of the police force, was proud of his 66 mph effort on the fast pitch, beating out a 17-year-old senior at the high school for the fastest time of the afternoon.
Stella Fleming, 6, used all her might to fight the fake fire with the OCFD. Her mom, Alisabeth, said she enjoys coming to the carnival every year.
“It’s such a great event hosted by the OCPTA that brings the community together. The kids also love seeing their teachers outside of the classroom in a different atmosphere,” Alisabeth Fleming said.
The hit of the day was the laser tag obstacle course, where kids of all ages bobbed and weaved through different barriers not trying to get hit by other lasers. Shannon McAllister’s two boys, Brayden and Sawyer, loved the laser tag.
“They didn’t want to leave – it’s a good thing we bought lots of tickets,” McAllister exclaimed.
There were over 30 different games and activities from face painting to balloon animals, skee ball and basketball. The Ocean City Community Center provided a fun fitness test for the kids as well as stimulation surf boards to practice balance.
Taylor Stauffer, 15, a high school freshman, was operating the lollipop pull booth. Kids had the opportunity to pull a lollipop from the tower and if it had a blue dot on the bottom, they received a prize from the bin.
Stauffer was volunteering as a member of the OCHS Drama Guild and used the opportunity to remind members of the community of the upcoming spring performance of the “Wizard of Oz” April 4-6.
An afternoon of fun, food and prizes was had by all and for a great cause of raising money for the OCPTA.