Hundreds show up for Kids Day Carnival – New York News


CORNING | Hundreds of kids turned out Friday for the annual Kids Day Carnival held at the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink in Corning. The event is the culmination of the city’s Summer Parks Program.

“We’ll have about 500 kids come and go today,” said city Recreation Director Chuck King.

The free activities on hand included a fish pond, putting green, ring toss, bean bag toss, face painting and more.

Plus, there were contests including bubble gum blowing, gummy worm eating and of course, pie eating.

Eight-year-old Char Starnes, who has been coming to the carnival since she was 2, said her favorite activity was basketball — a well-researched opinion, since she said she’d tried everything there.

Emma Arnett, 6, disagreed, saying her favorite event was the ring toss. However, Arnett was less experienced at the carnival, as this was only her second time at the event, and she admitted she hadn’t tried all the activities yet.

King was unsure how long the event has been going on.

City Assessor Rhonda Darling, who was present for the carnival, said she’d brought her own children there when they were young, and they’re now in their 30s.

City officials noted that many sponsors helped cover the cost of the event.

In particular, they thanked: ServU Credit Union; The Eaton Corporation; Corning Credit Union; Pizza Hut’s “Raising Dough for Kids” program; the Triangle Fund; Simmons-Rockwell; and the Corning Elks Lodge.

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