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    Samuel G. Lazarchick, 7, of Lehighton, rides the Hondas at the 2018 Walnutport Playground Association Carnival on Tuesday. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app to see a video and photo gallery from the carnival. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

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    17-month-old twins Parker and Willow Frantz of Germansville ride the boats during opening night of the 2018 Walnutport Playground Association Carnival on Tuesday. The 44th annual event continues through Saturday at the playground on Lincoln Avenue.

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    Event co-chairs Robert Treskot and Gale Husack take a break in the action to share a father and daughter moment.

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    Josh Haines of Lehigh Township attempts to eat his large helping of French fries while his 9-month-old child Cash Haines eagerly looks on.

Published July 11. 2018 11:14AM

Friendly places can have a tendency to attract familiar faces.

Such was the case on Tuesday as the 2018 Walnutport Playground Association Carnival got underway.

The 44th annual event saw visitors flock to the playground on Lincoln Avenue, which was a wonderful sight for event Co-Chair Gale Husack.

Husack, who co-chairs the event with her father, Robert Treskot, said the playground association was hopeful for a great week.

“We look forward to having everybody come out and help us support the boys and girls softball and baseball programs here at the Walnutport Playground,” Husack said. “We look forward to seeing you guys here this week.”

Clearly, the rides were one of the main attractions for Samuel G. Lazarchick, 7, of Lehighton.

His mother, Lia Balogh, said the carnival has always been a special attraction for her son.

“He’s been growing up with this carnival,” Balogh said. “It’s going to be sad after he gets too old for the rides.”

Balogh said the event holds a special place in her heart.

“It’s a great carnival,” she said. “A lot of childhood memories for my son.”

Just across the playground, Brad Horn and Gavin Taschler of Slatington said they try to attend the carnival each year.

“I like going on all the rides,” said Horn, 15. “And seeing all my friends, because I don’t usually see them unless it’s the school year.”

Taschler added, “I like to come here on my birthday, and because McDonald’s is across the street.”

Count Chris Bennett among the many fans of the carnival.

Bennett, of Slatington, said he was excited to have won four prizes playing a variety of games.

But, the event isn’t only about fun and games.

A wide assortment of food is also available for purchase.

There is also entertainment each day of the carnival, as Droppin’ Trou stopped on in to provide the opening act.

The carnival continues from 6-11 p.m. today through Saturday.

Rides are available for kids each night, with a ride special today and Saturday.

The Rehrig Brothers Band is set to perform tonight. Other entertainment this week will include The Large Flowerheads on Thursday; Country Rhythm Band on Friday; and Hydraulic Lime Band on Saturday.

Those craving more sights and sounds can see the fireworks show presented by Celebration Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

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