Parents of young children are reminded that this Friday, March 28, is the annual PTA Carnival in Nevada. The carnival is being held from 6-8 p.m. at Central Elementary School.

The Nevada PTA Carnival is fundraiser to benefit all three schools in the district. It is the largest PTA fundraiser of the year. Funds primarily contribute to speakers and assemblies in the middle school, high school and Central, as well as providing additional funds for field trips in the elementary and money for two high school senior scholarships.

Money is raised through business and individual donations, sales of game tickets and wristbands, raffle tickets for theme baskets and the silent auction of other donated items.

There is also a new twist this year in regards to the theme baskets. In the past few years, these baskets have been a part of the silent auction. This year, the baskets will be available via raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each the night of the carnival for a chance to win several theme baskets of your choice. A drawing will occur at the end of the evening, and you must be present to win.

Check out the Nevada Iowa PTA Facebook page to see pictures of the baskets for raffle and other silent auction items, including an ISU basketball, autographed by Fred Hoiberg; a St. Louis Cardinals’ bat, autographed by Michael Wacha and a Fawcett Family Aquatics Center 2014 season pool pass.

Carnival game wristbands can be purchased in advance or at the door. Wristbands allow unlimited game play. We have several new games this year, and offer a multitude of games and activities for younger and older kids alike.

New this year, we will be offering a coat check for families at the door. For 25 cents per coat, exact change only, you can eliminate the worry and hassle of carrying your family’s coats throughout the evening.

Valentino’s pizza slices, drinks and dessert will be available for purchase, beginning at 6 p.m.