LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Dragon Coaster is rolling. The Tilt-O-Whirl is spinning. The smell of cotton candy and funnel cake hangs in the air. This all means the annual Kiwanis Karnival is in full swing, and Livingston residents are flocking to it, high and low.

The carnival began on Tues, May 7 and will extend through Sat, May 11, open each day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sat from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.  In addition, on Sat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the carnival will be open free of charge specifically to children with special needs. Sat is also free stamp day when attendees can pay one price and ride all day.

Over 100 local businesses and organizations including the YMCA, Police Department, Fire department and the First Aid Squad have sponsored the Kiwanis Karnival.

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Barbra Briant of the New Horizons Day Camp said, “It’s a great family event, and we’re happy to support it.”

All money generated by the carnival will be given to programs that require state money 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.

Local business sponsor Angelo Kontogiannis of Hanover Manor is happy to know that the donated money, not only provides for a great family event, but also supports a good cause. “I sponsored the Kiwanis Karnival because whatever Kiwanis supports is good. [The Kiwanis Karnival] is for a good cause.”

One Livingston father, who was attending the carnival with his family for a fourth consecutive year, said, “It’s just a great family experience.” His four year old daughter added that her favorite ride was the Dizzy Dragons, a ride that spins carnival goers around in the bellies’ of four large dragons.

The Kiwanis Karnival was first held 75 years ago by the fire department. It was later taken over by Kiwanis. Kiwanis states that they are, “a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”