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Somers Lions Carnival Makes a Last Roar

SOMERS, N.Y. – The annual carnival for the Somers Lions Club wound up Sunday with a glorious day, a large turnout and a successful fundraiser.

“We used a new company this year, Ace Amusement, and we got glowing reports. Everybody liked them,” organizing Lion Herb Reimann said. The carnival people liked Somers, too. “They said how wonderful our town people are,” he said, “and how polite our kids are. After they used the sacks, they put them back where they found them.”

Reimann estimated the carnival drew as many as 5,000 people this year. “I really want to thank the community for their support.”

Lion Phil Masi directed traffic. “We got rained out on Thursday night," he said. "But it didn’t matter because what we made on Wednesday was equal to two days of last year.”

Carnival rides included the Dragon Wagon, the Merry-go-round, Dizzy Dragons, Star Ship 2000, Swinger, All-Star Broadway Bumper Cars and the Expo Ferris Wheel. But the most popular proved to be the Space Sled.

Nine-year-old Cassandra Falcone, after her third whirl on the Space Sled, said, “It’s exciting, but when you spin around you feel dizzy and a little sleepy. On a scale of 1 to 10 for fun and excitement, I’d give it a 9 for fun, because Gee Wizz gets a 10 for fun. But for excitement, I give Space Sled a 10.”

Her brother, Michael, 6, preferred the Fun Slide, having tested it a total of 10 times.

“This is the second time we’ve been here today,” said Mrs. Falcone.

Reimann said, “The carnival is about fundraising and giving back. But it’s also about families getting together.”

The largest fundraiser for the Lions Club is the Independence Day car raffle, Masi said.

“But the carnival is getting close," he said. "With all our fundraisers, we turn around and donate back to the community.” Lions Club beneficiaries include Friends of Karen, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the Blythedale Children's Hospital and many others.

Tickets for the Independence Day raffle of a 2012 Camaro SS convertible are on sale. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The donation is $100 per ticket or four tickets for $300. Click here to purchase tickets online .

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