Walnutport Playground Assoc. carnival is a family affair
Gale Treskot Husack and her father Bob Treskot are co-chairs of the Walnutport Playground Association carnival being held this week in Walnutport. Mom Nancy says proudly that, with Gale, they are into the second generation.
Nancy doesn't know how long the carnival has been held, but Bob has been in charge for 24 years.
"We haven't had new kids on the carnival committee for 15 years," she said.
The carnival benefits the Walnutport Playground Association which is headquartered in a municipality-owned building on Lincoln Ave.
There are baseball and softball fields. Keeping up with field maintenance is a major job. Basketball courts receive a lot of use.
Bob comes in from one of his many problem-solving excursions. He said rumors abound that this year, or the next year, or the past year will be the last carnival.
"It's a tradition," he says, "and will continue as long as I'm alive."
He said Gale is taking over more responsibility.
"Most volunteers no longer have kids in the program. The parents are too busy to help," said Nancy.
There is entertainment every night, and people were bringing their chairs by 3:30 p.m. to listen to Dave Rehrig and Twitty Fever.
Donna Parsons is scheduled for Thursday, Country Rhythm for Friday, and Midnight Special will play on Saturday.
"There are always some new bands but most return every year," said Bob.
Nonweiler provided the rides and sponsored Twitty Fever.
The grounds are filled with games, food and vendors. There are opportunities to gamble, and bingo provides an opportunity for all ages to take a chance.
Some nonprofits such as the Diamond Fire Company and the Walnutport Canal Association have stands at the carnival. The Northern Lehigh Class of 2013 sold tickets for a chinese auction.
Thompson's Meat Market sells wings and donates all proceeds to the playground. In addition the Market is a sponsor.
Other sponsors are Blue Ridge Communications, PenTeleData, Construction with Concern, Susquehanna Bank and Rentschler Chevrolet.
Celebration provides the fireworks
"It's a tradition," repeats Bob. "We have good volunteers but not enough."