LIVINGSTON, NJ - Families and children gathered for the Annual Barry Ross Arc Day Saturday, celebrating its 15th year with the Kiwanis Karnival.
The karnival was closed to the general public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and was open to members and families of the Association of Retarded Citizens Essex County, Horizon School, and other organizations who care for disabled people.
“This day draws in three to 400 people alone,” Livingston Kiwanis Immediate Past President Barrie Werfel said. “It’s a great day to help people less fortunate and remember past president Barry Ross.”
Arc Day, which is held in Barry Ross’s memory, included food, games, and rides all free of charge. Local sponsor Regal Bank provided t-shirts to the carnival goers and Amusements of America sponsored all the rides for the members and families.
Resident Jessica Wilson brought her 2 year-old son Jasper this year to join in the fun. “We finally came this year because he was too young to come last year and fully enjoy it.” Wilson said. “He has a lot of energy and we needed something to do so it’s a good way to let it all out.”
Barry Ross, past president of Livingston Kiwanis, started Arc Day in 1998 and it has been celebrated with the karnival every year since.
“Barry passed in 1999 so we named the day after him,” Werfel said.
The Kiwanis Club of Livingston has been organizing the annual karnival for 70 years and enables them to sponsor many other community services, along with its members’ efforts.