Family Day carnival in Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison event features two days of family-packed fun

Families looking for something to do this weekend can head to the Harrison Hot Springs Family Fun Carnival.

This second annual carnival, running February 7 and 8, features two venues with loads of activities for the whole family. There will be puppet shows, scavenger hunts, mini golf and bouncy castles. There will be button making and face painting, indoor soccer and even a 40 foot obstacle course.

Tourism Harrison initiated the Family Fun Carnival last year and the turnout was fantastic.

“The first year was more successful than we expected,” says Robert Reyerse, executive director of Tourism Harrison.

With miserable weather during last year’s festivities, they were not sure if people would venture out. But Tourism Harrison estimates that over the two days, approximately 2,000 people came to have fun and celebrate Family Day weekend.

“It works for both the residents and the tourists coming into the community,” says Reyerse. And with indoor venues at the Ramada Hotel and St. Alice Hall, there’s no fear of bad weather ruining the fun.

After the first year’s success, not much will be changed this year. A few new entertainers will be joining the festivities, including juggling acrobat Mike Battie.

“I am greatly looking forward to the Harrison Hot Springs Family Fun Carnival,” says Battie. He says you can expect to see physical skills, juggling, and unicycle performances with crowd interaction in his shows.

The Harrison Family Fun Carnival takes place Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 8 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Venues are the Ramada Hotel and the St. Alice Hall. Entrance is by donation, with a suggested fee of $5 per family. For more information, see www.tourismharrison.com