By SHELLEY NASH
Sticking to the wall, running an obstacle course and battling for cake were just a few of the activities at Friday's Kalmiopsis School Carnival.
The PTA estimates attendance at 1,500 for the one-day event, which was open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Activities included the sticky fly wall where children donned a suit, jumped on a springy surface and stuck to the wall.
Lines were long for the obstacle course where children paired off and raced each other through a tunnel, up a hill and down a slide.
The cake walk, emceed by Steve Braun and Kevin Bane from KURY Radio, attracted a lot of attention. More than 85 cakes were baked by parent volunteers for the attraction.
Food seemed to be one of the most "attractive" attractions. People stood in line for more than half an hour to get pizza, hamburgers and cheeseburgers from the booth operated by The Booster Club.
Cotton candy was also popular and drew long lines of people. The booth was operated by Cub Scouts.
The dunk tank attracted a lot of attention from students eager to dunk their favorite staff members. A dollar bought three chances to waterlog the dunk tank occupant.
Second-grade teacher Ginger Kennedy and her family took turns for the first hour. Kennedy, wearing a wet suit, was dunked by students, but also by a malfunctioning seat in the tank. She fell in more than once on her own because the seat wasn't working.
The Kennedy family donated $53, the money made in the first hour, to the Sterling Sybrandt fund at Washington Mutual Bank.
Later, the seat was fixed and several others took their turns in the water including Kalmiopsis vice-principal Brian Hodge, teacher Perry Kleespies, Azalea princess Bobby Jo Carter and Brookings Police Officer Curt Fox.
Across from the dunk tank, a waterless fish pond gave children the chance to "fish" for items such as action figures and other toys.
People also got the chance to win items by throwing darts at balloons and dart boards.
Additionally, the carnival included "traditional" free activities such as face painting. Children had stars, animals, rainbows and other items painted on their faces by volunteers Leona Cone and Kristi Oliphant.
Carnival organizer Christi McCorkle said the PTA wanted to put on a carnival last year, but was unable to get dates together. She kept the information from that effort and began planning this year's carnival in September.
One difficulty was getting volunteers to work the booths. She cut the volunteer list from 300 people to 60 and still had difficulty getting enough people.
"The high school leadership class saved us. The class gave me 10 kids and almost all of them worked the entire night," McCorkle said.
Without those students working, she would have had to eliminate some of the children's games, she said.
In the end, the carnival was successful even with a little rain added in.
"It only sprinkled and lasted about 10 minutes," she said. "It was very light."
She added, "Everybody loved (the carnival). Everyone has raved about how great it was. We had good participation."
McCorkle estimates the carnival made about $2,000 although all the money has not been counted, she said.
The money will go toward new playground equipment and the repair of current equipment.
This year, organizers sold wrist bands that allowed children to participate in all the activities. Bands were $2 for children 5 and under, $5 for children 6 to 12, and $7 for children 13 and older. Parents got in free.
The carnival cost approximately $5,000 to put on, McCorkle said. The PTA held fundraisers and activities throughout the school year to raise the money.