WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School (WOHS) Cheer and Mountaineer End Zone Football Boosters recently concluded their first annual fundraising carnival in support of the WOHS football and cheer teams.

The four-day carnival, which featured rides, games, food and family-friendly fun on the Midway at WOHS, was the first of its kind in West Orange.

“This is a community event that has not happened in many years here,” said West Orange Board of Education member Ron Charles.

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Some of the many activities included face painting, food vendors and various rides provided by Campy’s Amusements, such as Bumper Cars, the Ring of Fire, Gravitron, Scrambler, Scat, Yo-Yo (Swings), Octopus, Tilt-a-Whirl, Ferris Wheel, Berry-Go-Round, Super Slide, Car Ride, Dragon Wagon, Elephant Ride, Tea Cups, Bounce (Moon Walk), Kids Town, Ducks, Rio Grande Train, Frog Hopper, and the Carousel (Merry-Go-Round). Prizes were also distributed to gamers throughout the event.

“There’s a good amount of rides, food and desserts,” said West Orange resident Jocelyn Cuevas. “I like the Yo-Yo the best.”

Funds raised through ticket and wristband sales will go directly toward supporting the two WOHS sports.

“We sold 300 advance-sale wristbands for the whole weekend,” said WOHS cheerleading co-chair Sue Palmussi, who added that the Boosters raised $9,000 in advance sales alone.

The carnival also included presentations each night, such as a presentation from the School of Self-Defense and the Unique Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on opening night and demonstrations from the Way of the Tiger martial arts school and seminar by Zumba on the following day.

Joshua Baker is a former West Orange High School student participating in the TAPinto West Orange internship program.