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Carnival games at Chautauqua Park

Kids play carnival games at Chautauqua Park  during Gage County United Way's community carnival. 

Gage County United Way will host its annual carnival Saturday in Chautaquah Park to raise awareness for the agencies it supports. 

The carnival, which is free and open to the public, goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Basically it is to let everybody be aware of what agencies are available to them so if you are in need of any type of assistance one of these agencies should be able to help you,” said Misty Gibson, administrative coordinator for Gage County United Way.

A relatively new agency supported by Gage County United Way is Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands. They support women in Gage County that have a past with drug or alcohol abuse and help them through a rehabilitation program.

Each of the agencies will have a booth at the carnival explaining what they offer to people of the community. Each booth will also include carnival games or food for children to enjoy and opportunities to win multiple prizes.

“Teen Challenge will be hosting the cotton candy, the YMCA will be doing what’s called nine in the sky, which is a game,” Gibson said. “Each one will be representing what they do and have an activity or a craft or something for the kids to do.”

The Beatrice High School cheer team will also provide face painting for children. Most activities will be free, and food will be able to be purchased, such as Julies Hot Dogs, cotton candy, sno-cones and popcorn.

Nearly 1,000 children were attended last year's carnival.

“It is not a fundraiser,” Gibson said, but rather an opportunity for the community to learn about United Way and the agencies it supports. 

Gibson said that 100 percent of donations to Gage County United Way stay local in Gage County and those giving donations can choose which agency they wish to support.

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