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Greenwood sure knows how to party

Greenwood Elementary School is steeped in tradition.

Except for the River Falls Academy, it's the oldest local school building, turning 58 this year.

Greenwood is also known for its annual winter carnival, one that goes back to around 1970 -- more than 40 years ago.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 23, it's time again for the games to begin as the 2013 school carnival is held.

All kids and their families -- from everywhere -- are welcome to join the festivities.

"There's so many things to do, and sometimes the kids don't want to leave when the carnival comes to an end," said Greenwood PTO President Val Lundgren, who moved to River Falls in 1990, started attending Greenwood as student and loved the carnivals. "It's fun and exciting, a good day to be enjoyed with your children."

As a kid at the carnival, Lundgren liked playing in the "Cakewalk" game. That's still around, though it's renamed "Sweet Stroll." Winners can satisfy their sweet-tooth cravings with cupcakes and cookies.

There are plenty of other carnival-style activities and games, like fast-pitch speedball, basketball, mini-golf, Angry Birds (a slingshot game), fish pond, tattooing, face painting and more.

Prizes will be given away, and there will be inflatables for lots of jumping and bouncing.

The carnival, festooned with wall decorations and posters, will be staged in the Greenwood gym and nearby classrooms.

It's free to get in. Punch cards are needed to buy food and play games. They're sold at the carnival.

Each individual card, or ticket, costs 25 cents. A block of 25 punches can be bought for $5; a 50 block-punch card is $10.

A silent auction this year includes an expanded selection of artwork -- including pottery, photography and jewelry -- donated by area artists.

Also Greenwood students Keira Anderson and Rylee Sabelko will auction off their own paintings.

Lundgren said the silent auction will features a range of local and Twin Cities' business donations, including gift certificates and baskets. Local high-school-age Renaissance students also donated their handmade Adirondack chairs.

The carnival menu has pizza, nachos, large and small waters, pop, cookies and cotton candy.

For the complete story, please see the Feb. 21 print edition of the River Falls Journal.