Tokeneke's annual pumpkin carnival to take place next month
Updated 4:06 pm, Friday, September 30, 2011
For more than 40 years, Tokeneke's Pumpkin Carnival has been an annual tradition for families in and around Darien. Each year, hundreds of children and their parents join in the fall celebration at the Tokeneke Elementary School on Old Farm Road.
The carnival features attractions for all ages, including a haunted house, rides, games and crafts, rock climbing, bouncy castles, a bake sale, raffle prizes and more.
In addition, food will be provided by Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe, and Heights Pizza.
The carnival is organized each year by the Tokeneke Parent Teacher Organization. Local businesses are key supporters of the event, donating prizes for the raffle.
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Among the prizes this year are a BMW pedal car, front of the line passes for all carnival rides, a JAM Sono gift basket, and an assortment of Vineyard Vines clothing and accessories. In addition, this year's grand prize is an Xbox Kinect, complete with a game.
"This event is all about bringing our community in Darien together," said Alisa Kuhn, pumpkin carnival co-chairman.
"Our partnership with local independent businesses helps people get to know our town better and makes the pumpkin carnival an extremely special event."
"Proceeds from the pumpkin carnival also provide critical funding for the enrichment program for the children of the Tokeneke Elementary School," Wendy Hopper, pumpkin carnival co-chairman, said.
Over the years, the enrichment program has helped bring inspirational visitors in the arts and science into the classroom for personal visits and instruction with students.
Tokeneke School is one of five K-5 elementary schools in Darien. Located on Old Farm Road, Tokeneke serves approximately 390 students. The principal is Mary C. Michelson.