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Spring into Summer Carnival returns May 19 to 22

— Tickets are on sale for the annual Spring into Summer Carnival, a fundraiser for Steamboat Springs Middle School.

The carnival, organized by the middle school's Parent Information Committee, runs May 19 through May 22 at the Meadows Parking Lot on Strings Road and includes plenty of rides, games and food.

The eighth annual event is the largest fundraiser for the middle school, with money raised going to support numerous teacher requests.

Last year, the carnival raised a record $6,600, which was used to help purchase books, supplies for science class demonstrations and hands-on activities, a digital studio booth for the media classroom, robotics supplies, spin bikes for the physical education program, standup desks and other items.

Teachers submit requests for the funds to the PIC, which then awards most of the money in October, though other requests are considered throughout the year.

"The teachers do so much for our kids all school-year long, and this is a way to give back to them," said Wendy Tucciarone, a member of the middle school's PIC who is helping with the event.

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This year's carnival will be advertised using a poster created with student artwork. Seventh-grader Ryley Seibel beat 18 other artists with her colored pencil drawing of the carnival, winning the poster contest for the second year in a row.

Rides for the event are provided by Brown's Amusements, which shares its carnival profits with the school in exchange for the school's Parent Information Committee publicizing the event and selling advance tickets.

"It's a fun addition to our town for just a few days of the year," Tucciarone said.

Advance, unlimited, single-day ride tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, Steamboat Springs High School, All That and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, while supplies last.

Once advanced tickets sell out, unlimited single-ride tickets will be available at the gate of the carnival for $30. The event is free to enter, and single-ride tickets are $1, with most rides requiring three to five tickets.

The carnival operates from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Call 310-507-4361 for more information.

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