LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Kiwanis Karnival is open to the general public this year from Tuesday, May 7 to May 10, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sat, May 11 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. The carnival will also be open specifically to children with special needs on Sat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and they will be admitted free of charge. Saturday is also free stamp day when attendees can pay one price and ride all day.
The Fire Department began holding the “Town Carnival” 75 years ago, until it was taken over by Kiwanis, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. They renamed it the Kiwanis Karnival, and together with the help of groups including the YMCA, Police Department, Fire department and the First Aid Squad, the Karnival is held every year.
Kiwanis Karnival also relies on the sponsorship of community partners including this list of 2013 sponsors: Regal Bank, Livingston Dental Assoc., Jonah & Spencer- S. Simon, The Lefkowitz Family, Hudson City Savings Bank, Valley National Bank, YMCA , 1st American Title, Access Care, Air Group, Allan Feid Plumbing, Antonio's Coiffures, B B Designs, Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman, Block & Zuckerman, Boston Ice Cream, Breslow Paint, Calabria, Carnavale's Gulf, Celeste Jewelers, Celtic Tree, Coldwell Banker, Comp U Nite, Crystal Plaza, David Lustbader, ESQ, Dr William Gerard, Dr Howard Rudominer, Eastman Mgt., Econo Currier, Edward Jones, Eppes Essen, Essex Landscape & Design, ETC Hair, Exceptional Stone Product, Expert Plowing & Land, Fabulous Wallcoverings, Financial Consultant Group, Frank H. Lehr, Friedman LLP, Gilenson Grills, Graubard & Associates, Great Divide Camp Grounds, Guy Mar Construction, Hanover Manor, Herman's Auto Parts, Investors Savings Bank, Jay Scher DDS, Jay's Shoe Box, JBR Security, JBR Telecom, Jeffrey Optics, Jersey Boring & Drilling, Just A Dream, Karig's Hardware, Keith Dufford, Konner Chevrolet, Laboratory Services, LaMonica Memorial Home, Landmark, Levine, Jacobs & Co., Livingston 1st Aid, Livingston American LLC, Livingston Animal Hospital, Livingston Bagel, Livingston Camera, Livingston Car Wash, Livingston Collision, Livingston Dental Assoc., Livingston Donut Basket, Livingston Elks, Livingston Fire, Livingston Lodge # !! F&M , Livingston Mart, Livingston PBA #263, Livingston Periodontal, Livingston Rotary, Livingston Shop Rite, Livingston Sunoco, Livingston Truck, Llewelyn Edison Bank, Lock Up Self Storage, Lucio's Spa, Mark & Julies Ice Cream, Mark Schwarz Esq., Meadowlands Nissan, Medical Center Rx, Merriil Lynch Jon Kempner, Michele's Dance Studio, Mitschele Mgt., New Horizon's Day Camp, Nisco Foods, Northfield RX, Panek's, Service Center, Peter's Restaurant, PIP Printing, Professional Floor Refinishing, Quinn Hopping, Ritz Diner, Rob Emert Architects, Ross & Suchoff, Rudy Cicchino, SAM'S, Schneck Law, LLC, Scott West, Sign Me Up, Simio & Jones, St. Barnabas Hospital, Star Electric, Sterling Properties, Temple Barbershop, The August Family, Torre Electric, Utica 1st, Weichert Realtors, West Essex Tribune, Wigder Chevrolet, Window Works, and Zahn Cleaners.
“Everyone participates and helps out,” stated Mayor Rudy Fernandez.
The money generated benefits many groups that rely on state grants to run, such as: The Children’s Theater of Livingston, The Special Olympics, The Essex County ARC, The First Aid Squad, Seeing Eye, Little league, and the Auxiliary Police.
“It is Kiwanians generating money to give back to the community,” said Mayor Fernandez.
The food is also handled by the Kiwanians.
“This year, you can expect to see everything from kids rides to larger ones that they will never get me on,” stated Mayor Fernandez, with a laugh.
“And, it would not be a carnival without sausages and peppers, or funnel cake,” he added.