St. Joseph Academy Annual Carnival By: Kaley Tamanini

On November 4, 5, and 6, St. Joseph Church, along with their school, St. Joseph Academy, held their annual school carnival. Located on West Lemon St. in Lakeland, FL, people could come from all corners of town to enjoy the rides, food, games, raffles, live music and entertainment, as well as a silent auction. The carnival is held every year because it brings people together and it is a fun and safe place for friends and family to hang out.

This is an old poster advertising the St. Joseph's Carnival back in 1974. All aged photos of the carnival's history are available inside the St. Joseph's Catholic Church cafeteria. Kaley Tamanini took the photo.

Carnival chairman, Dan Pilka, reported that "the carnival has been around for roughly 50 years." It started in the 1960s, then stopped with the relocating of St. Joseph Academy several years ago. He also stated that "all the proceeds from the carnival go to the Ministries of the Church, such as St. Joseph Academy, the Spanish masses, the food pantry, and things like that." He also described that it benefits the Lakeland community by bringing us together as one family, all having a good time, in an inexpensive manner.

In this photo, a woman is aiming her cork gun trying to knock down the blocks to win tickets. This is only one of the featured games that was available at the carnival. Photo taken by Kaley Tamanini.
In this shot, two volunteers, Colleen Hiers and Stephanie Ellerbe, are running the booth where you have to throw the hoola-hoop over the block to win a stuffed animal. Photo taken by Kaley Tamanini.

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