Snow Shoe Carnival on its way


For The Express

SNOW SHOE — The booths and grounds at the Snow Shoe Park are empty now, but soon they will be filled with the sounds and smells of an old-fashioned carnival. And this year, the Snow Shoe Carnival, held at the Snow Shoe Park located on Route 144, will be held a week earlier than usual.

For decades, the carnival has been held the last week in June, but in order to secure carnival rides, the event was moved up one week. This year the annual five-day event will be held next week, June 19 to 23.

Garbrick Amusements of Centre Hall will provide the midway amusements, and wristbands will be available for $14.

The Snow Shoe Fireman’s Parade will be held next Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be musical entertainment on the carnival grounds as well – Wednesday, DJK; Thursday, 7th Street; Friday, Shot in the Dark; and Saturday, Silver Eagle Band.

A large fireworks display will be held Saturday night, starting at 10:15 p.m.

Traditional carnival foods, like funnel cakes, gyros, and hot sausage sandwiches, will be available.

Local church groups and organizations also will offer homemade foods for sale, including the Slovak favorites of pierogis and cabbage and noodles.

Patrons will have the chance to play a game of bingo, spin the Chuck-O-Luck Wheel, win a goldfish, and see old friends and acquaintances that they haven’t seen for years.

At a time when many small towns no longer sponsor local carnivals due to rising costs or lack of interest, the Snow Shoe Carnival is still going strong, after 50-plus years. This is due to the dedicated members of the Snow Shoe Lions Club, Snow Shoe VFW, and Snow Shoe Volunteer Fire Company. These are the three groups who own the Snow Shoe Park and organize the carnival, the yearly high point for the entire Mountaintop community – young and old alike.