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Thousands Attend Livingston's Kiwanis Karnival

Jackie Goldman-Schatell

Monday, May 12, 2014 • 11:35pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Last week, the Livingston Kiwanis Club, with the help of the Livingston Township and a myriad of sponsors, held its annual "Karnival."

According to Essex County Freeholder Pat Sebold, “Thousands of people went to the Kiwanis Karnival in Livingston to make it a wonderful success including Democratic Town Council candidates, incumbent Rudy Fernandez, who has been a member of Kiwanis since 1998 and is serving his third term as the state treasurer for the organization, Shawn Klein, and Ed Meinhardt.”

Livingston mom of three, Jaime Lauro, who attended said, “We go to Kiwanis every year to enjoy the funnel cake. The kids always have a great time and there are plenty of rides for their age ranges.”

She added, “I am so grateful to the town and Kiwanis Club for holding such a fabulous carnival year after year.”

Livingston dad Mike Schwartz said, “I came to this fair often as a child and really enjoyed seeing it through my daughter’s eyes this year. We had a blast.”

Echoing Lauro’s funnel cake sentiments, Schwartz added, “We like to visit the carnival each year to make sure we hit our yearly quota of funnel cake.”

On Saturday, the Kiwanis Club also carried on its tradition of holding the 17th annual ARC day for members of organizations like ARC, Horizon and ECLC to enjoy the Karnival rides, games and food free of charge. The ARC day event was created by past President of Livingston Kiwanis Barry Ross in 1998 and has been one of the community’s most anticipated events ever since. 

This year, over 100 local businesses and organizations including the YMCA, Police Department, Fire department and the First Aid Squad sponsored the Kiwanis Karnival.

As with all years, all of the money generated by the Karnival will be given to programs that require state money to run, such as: The Children’s Theater of Livingston, The Special Olympics, The Essex County ARC, The First Aid Squad, Seeing Eye, Little league, and the Auxiliary Police, etc.

The Kiwanis Karnival was first held 75 years ago by the fire department. It was later taken over by Kiwanis. Kiwanis states that they are, “a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

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