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In centennial year, 4-H carnival Saturday

May 2, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Fremont County 4-H Carnival is this weekend in Riverton, offering games, crafts, prizes and food to all participants.

Organizers say they stuck to tradition when planning this year's carnival, which will feature games that residents have come to expect at the event.

This year's carnival recognizes the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Fremont County.

"We're going to have bingo, a dunk tank, a bounce house, a fishing booth, a feed-the-elephant booth, a basketball hoop shot, a PVC pillow fight booth, a clicker wheel (and) a cake walk," University of Wyoming Fremont County Extension educator Alex Malcolm said. "We'll have lots of different games and activities for families to come and enjoy."

He described some of the less-familiar known booths. For example, he said the elephant activity does not involve actual animals. Instead, volunteers put their arms in long,

gray socks that resemble elephant trunks.

"That one is more for the younger kids," Malcolm said. "The elephant takes a ticket and then hands the kid back a prize."

Older children are more likely to enjoy the PVC pillow fight, he continued. For that event, participants sit suspended on swings made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) irrigation pipe and attempt to knock one another to the ground using pillows.

"The first one that falls off loses," Malcolm said.

A book nook with donated reading material for children will be part of the carnival again this year, and Malcolm said some participants will spend time in a mock jail cell during the event.

Cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs and drinks also will be available at

The local 4-H centennial is "in the background, kind of overarching everything," Malcolm said.

The carnival is 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Fremont Center. Admission is free, and games cost 20 cents per ticket. Malcolm said the money funds 4-H functions throughout the year.

"The 4-H clubs are putting it on," he said of the event. "It's a fun family night. ... Come down, visit with each other and support (our) largest out-of-school program."

For more information, call Malcolm at 857-3654.

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