The Nativity Carnival, scheduled for June 11, 12, and 13, is a sure sign that summer is on its way. For 30 years, the carnival has been a popular local tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to the Nativity school grounds at the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and Laurel Street.
Carnival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be 13 carnival rides, multiple game booths, and a silent auction.
Dinners, featuring tri-tip, rotisserie chicken and pasta prepared by the Nativity Men's Club, will be served all three days. A pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with a menu of mimosas, orange juice, pancakes and sausage.
Continuing a 20-year tradition, parish volunteers will also be serving a variety of casual food, including hamburgers, Philly cheese steaks, turkey legs, and steamed clams. Vendors will offer traditional carnival fare, such as popcorn, cotton candy, shaved ice, candy apples, corn dogs and a variety of beverages.
Music will be performed by a series of bands. Caravanserai starts the festivities from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday night. Hit and Run, a rock band, will entertain from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Students from Menlo Park Academy of Dance will perform from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, and the Second Story band takes the stage from 2 to 6 p.m.
The winner of a raffle, with a grand prize of a 2010 Mini Cooper or $15,000 in cash, will be announced Sunday afternoon.
Mike Cherry and Donna Blodgett are carnival co-chairs. For more information, go to nativitycarnival.org.