LAKE WYLIE -- The first community carnival was so popular, Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living directors decided to give it another go.
The second annual Old-Fashioned Carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Wylie Retirement, 4877 Charlotte Hwy. Included in the day's activities are face painting, games, a dunking booth and carriage rides, along with prizes.
"I'm hoping this becomes a tradition for Lake Wylie," said Jennifer Davis-Peay, community relations coordinator for Lake Wylie Retirement. "The activities are free."
Most of the activities Saturday will be located behind the retirement facility, although some larger events will be out front. Top Hat DJ will provide music, while several local food providers will sell funnel cakes, nachos, hot dogs and cheese fries, and more. Food sale proceeds will go to Clover Area Assistance Center, with other proceeds going to The Alzheimer's Association.
This year's carnival includes tours of a River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS truck and a truck from Bethel Fire Department.
"All the kids get to put on the fire gear and go up into the truck," Davis-Peay said.
A petting zoo also is planned, along with a pet boutique and a booth for "recycled pets" where families can play with and adopt puppies. For adults, a few booths will offer shopping from local merchants, including beauty products.
One of the biggest attractions last year, carriage rides from Whippoorwill Ranch of Lake Wylie, will return. Rides were so popular last year that owners Daniel and Miriam Barrett had to return later in the year just to let Lake Wylie Retirement residents have a ride after so many children rode during the carnival. About 400 people attended the carnival last year.
"It was really crowded," said Miriam Barrett of the event that drew 12 to 14 children at a time. "That poor horse didn't stop. We had them lined up."
The carnival helped Whippoorwill grow their new carriage tour business, which expanded just last week to include tours of downtown York on Tuesdays and Thursdays from about 5-10 p.m.
The carnival itself is free to attend. The only cost comes with food, shopping and a small fee for carriage rides.
"I don't want cost to be something that deters people from bringing the family out, bringing the strollers," Davis-Peay said. "This isn't about Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living. It's about the Lake Wylie community."
For more information, call (803) 831-9900.