PLAINS TWP. — An annual Youth Day Carnival sponsored by the Cross Valley Federal Credit Union brought out over 300 residents to learn about sound financial practices and enjoy time with their families.
Jill McGlynn, who has the unique title of chief experience officer, described the free carnival as “a long-standing tradition,” with at least a 20-year history.
After several days of rain, the weather fully cooperated, with clear skies and warm temperatures providing the perfect backdrop.
In addition to providing information about financial planning, investing and saving, the event offered a chance for such organizations as the Girl Scouts, Plains Township fire and police and even an exotic animal rescue group to interact with the community.
To Lisa Wren and her family, the festival has become a rite of summer.
“My daughter Adrienne actually became a Girl Scout after she got information from this carnival one year,” she said.
Adrienne, 11, continues to come to the carnival every year, enjoying not just the informational presentations, but also the free games and food.
Nathaniel Wren, 14, had another reason for attending.
“He’s learning about saving,” said Lisa Wren. “He’s thinking about buying a car.”
Amelia Salvo, at just 13 months, might have been a little too young to learn about finances, but she was just the right age to have fun.
Smiling as she kicked a giant foam bowling ball, she was able to knock down three pins.
To her mom, Jennifer Salvo, of Duryea, both the game and the event were a win.
“We heard about it from a friend and it was a good time,” she said. “Her favorite was picking ducks out of a kiddie pool.”
Plains Township Officer Mike Bohan said representatives from the fire and police departments were on hand to ensure safety and to visit with residents.
“A lot of time children will meet us in an emergency situation,” Bohan said. “But today, surrounded by candy and ice cream, people realize that we’re approachable.”