When organizers planned the first-ever Children’s Carnival in the Village of Albion, they didn’t know exactly how popular it would be. More than 300 children flocked to Bullard Park on Wednesday to partake in the fun.
Kids from across Orleans County, as well as from Byron-Bergen, arrived in Albion for a day of fun and games in the sun. They ran around on the splash pad, swung on the swings, jumped in bounce houses, played tug-of-war and enjoyed multiple other activities which kept them busy.
Village of Albion Recreation Director John Grillo said he had hoped for that kind of big response, but didn’t expect it.
“It’s awesome to see kids outside, off their phones and playing,” he said, taking a break to eat lunch at one of many picnic tables.
Kids from the ages of 3 to 17 were at the park, many accompanied by their parents who decided to stay. The bounce houses were a constant popular form of entertainment, and kids took turns at the dunk booth and ran around in the splash pad to keep cool.
This year’s event was started because organizers wanted to do something special for the area’s children — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there wasn’t very much for them in the way of activities.
So the Children’s Carnival offered them a chance to get together and have fun, doing the typical things together that make summer fun if you’re a kid.
Grillo said they plan on doing this again next year — bigger and better.